This Week in PNAS

In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, University of California, Berkeley's Sung-Hou Kima is senior author on work that used whole-genome phylogenies to study genic and nongenic regions in mammals. Scientists compared ten mammalian genomes using a method called "feature frequency profile" and found that the entire nongenic portion of mammalian genomes contains evolutionary information that is similar to the intron and exon regions, says the abstract.

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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.

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

In PLOS this week: analytical approach for finding new genetic associations, analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes-infecting viruses, and more.