This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, a team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers report the results of a multi-omics analysis of microbes in permafrost. This constantly frozen soil covers more than 20 percent of the Earth's surface and holds vast stores of carbon. The release of this carbon upon thawing is dependent on microbial responses, but little is known about the microbial communities in permafrost.

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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.