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FactBio's Knowledge Sharing Platform

Bioinformatics software developer FactBio has launched the first version of Kusp, its knowledge sharing platform, which is specifically designed for the life sciences industry. According to the developers, Kusp uses community standards to improve data discovery, curation, and integration and lets users simplify data curation through automation and by applying advanced data science techniques. Its list of features includes providing reference ontologies and biomedical identifiers for annotating biological entities and the ability to learn new patterns of annotation based on user input which improves its performance over time. 

The Scan

Study Links Genetic Risk for ADHD With Alzheimer's Disease

A higher polygenic risk score for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is also linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, a new study in Molecular Psychiatry finds.

Study Offers Insights Into Role of Structural Variants in Cancer

A new study in Nature using cell lines shows that structural variants can enable oncogene activation.

Computer Model Uses Genetics, Health Data to Predict Mental Disorders

A new model in JAMA Psychiatry finds combining genetic and health record data can predict a mental disorder diagnosis before one is made clinically.

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.