In its 234 years, an oak tree in Switzerland has only had a few mutations accumulate in its genome, Nature News reports. This suggests that the oak and other plants may have a means of protecting themselves from mutations.
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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.
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.