Now that smallpox has been all but eradicated, it may be time to find a new use for the smallpox vaccine. Researchers at California-based biotech company Jennerex Biotherapeutics are using the vaccine to help liver cancer patients survive longer, reports New Scientist's Debora MacKenzie. The live virus in the vaccine, Vaccinia, is attracted to tumors, MacKenzie says.

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The US National Institutes of Health has developed guidelines to gauge whether frail chimpanzees are healthy enough to be move 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.