Researchers from Croatia and Spain describe a tool called ProTraits that brings together genetic and phenotypic information related to hundreds of traits in thousands of species of archaea and bacteria. The site currently contains annotations for more than 3,000 species, the team says, spanning some 57,088 gene-trait links inferred with the help of comparative genomics, metagenomics, proteome patterns, and other data types.

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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.

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