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NIH of its Own

The Japanese government is considering developing an agency based on the US National Institutes of Health, ScienceInsider reports.

The idea is included within a draft Growth Strategy proposal from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that was approved last week by the Competitiveness Council. According to the plan, such an institute would bring together academic, government, and private research efforts "to strongly support the commercialization of innovative medical technologies" by putting together "a comprehensive strategy and [prioritizing] goals and research targets for medical R&D."

The proposal also says the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may also serve as a template for a program to support strategic innovation.

The Scan

Foxtail Millet Pangenome, Graph-Based Reference Genome

Researchers in Nature Genetics described their generation of a foxtail millet pangenome, which they say can help in crop trait improvement.

Protein Length Distribution Consistent Across Species

An analysis in Genome Biology compares the lengths of proteins across more than 2,300 species, finding similar length distributions.

Novel Genetic Loci Linked to Insulin Resistance in New Study

A team reports in Nature Genetics that it used glucose challenge test data to home in on candidate genes involved in GLUT4 expression or trafficking.

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.