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FactBio's Kusp Platform

FactBio has updated Kusp, its commercial data curation platform. Version 1.1 includes a new resource mapping module that lets users map reference entities, such as those in ontologies and biological databases, to external reference entities. The platform also includes improved search and annotation algorithms, an improved interface that lets users personalize and track their search activities, and it supports faster data uploads. Furthermore, the platform now features over 200,000 ontology classes including more plant ontologies and UniProt proteins. 

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.