Researchers at the Blood Center Linz in Austria are betting on second-generation sequencing technology to improve tissue matching between donors and bone marrow or stem-cell transplant patients.

The researchers, who acquired a 454 Genome Sequencer FLX in May, say they eventually want to develop a sequencing method for routine use in HLA typing, which they say would be one of the first applications of 454's technology in medical care.

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The US National Institutes of Health has developed guidelines to gauge whether frail chimpanzees are healthy enough to be moved to a retirement sanctuary.

Osamu Shimomura, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on green fluorescent protein, has died.

In PLOS this week: analytical approach for finding new genetic associations, analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes-infecting viruses, and more.

Stat News reports that the head of IBM Watson Health is leaving her post.