A new education program aims to bring genomics and other biomedical sciences to the undergraduate world. In October, Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced the creation of the Science Education Alliance, a nationwide initiative that will bring new methods for collaborative scientific instruction to undergraduates across the United States. The alliance, headquartered at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus and staffed by HHMI employees, has already begun its pilot initiative this year with a genomics course, led by University of Pittsburgh Professor Graham Hatfull, geared toward freshmen.

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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.