At a mini-symposium on the genetic approaches to finding novel therapeutic targets for cancer, moderator Peter Lichter of the German Cancer Research Center said there has been success getting drugs into the clinic using genetic approaches. No matter where researchers start or where they end up, they usually follow a common strategy, Lichter said — genome-wide sequencing to indentify and prioritize candidate genes, and then functional studies of those candidates both in vitro and in vivo, with the goal of developing preclinical models for drug testing.

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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.