It was during a very long lunch in the summer of 1999 that Jan D’Alvise and Nurith Kurn realized they were going to be business partners. In fact, even the several hours it took for Kurn to explain her new, alternative-PCR technology idea weren’t enough — the pair met at coffee houses all over Palo Alto, Calif., for further discussions and often stayed so long that D’Alvise jokes they put more than one eatery out of business.

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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.

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