With the name James D. Watson, it seems he had no choice but to work in the field of genomics. “We’ve actually got the same middle initial as well,” says the Watson not known for discovering the double helical structure of DNA. This Watson, 37, is not a scientist, but an MBA who just joined life science merchant bank Burrill & Co. as director of its strategic partnering services group. “My interest is in deal making,” he says.

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Osamu Shimomura, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on green fluorescent protein, has died.

The US National Institutes of Health has developed guidelines to gauge whether frail chimpanzees are healthy enough to be moved to a retirement sanctuary.

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.