NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In anticipation of whole-genome sequencing and analysis studies to come, an international team is assembling a collection of samples representing more than 10,000 vertebrate species.

The group, which calls itself the "Genome 10K Community of Scientists" or G10KCOS, described the effort in a white paper that's scheduled to appear online tomorrow in the Journal of Heredity.

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 Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate health committee, will be retiring at the end of his term, Stat News reports.

UCSF researchers find that having two X chromosomes may contribute to women's longer lifespans, according to Discover's D-brief blog.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's use of genetic approaches to study foodborne illnesses.

In PNAS this week: immune cell profiling of wild baboons by social status, metabolomics profiling of esophageal tumors, and more.