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Robert Tjian, the head of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is stepping down at the end of next year, ScienceInsider reports.

It notes that, despite HHMI's flat budget, Tjian has been able to launch a number of new initiatives, while still supporting more than 300 investigators.

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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.