After failing to close new research contracts with pharmaceutical companies, GeneProt announced earlier this month that it would lay off 45 of its 95 employees and adjust its strategy to the current economic climate.

This radical step follows on the heels of an earlier round of layoffs, when GeneProt let 20 employees go as part of an effort to cut its burn rate down to $23-25 million in 2003 (see ProteoMonitor 11-4-02). The new goal is to cut costs even further, to $14 million in 2004, according to CEO Bertrand Damour, who formerly served as CFO.

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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.

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