NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The US federal budget deal that passed in Congress and was signed by President Obama last week restored science funding to pre-sequestration levels and provided boosts for several agencies that support genomics and biotechnology research.

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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.