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Qiagen Biomedical Knowledge Base

Qiagen Digital Insights, the bioinformatics division of Qiagen, has introduced Biomedical Knowledge Base, a collection of manually curated data that lists structured biomedical relationships between elements including genes, diseases, functions, targets, drugs, and chemicals to power graph analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other drug discovery applications. Qiagen Biomedical Knowledge Base, which will initially be available in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, is the company's first product targeting data scientists.

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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.