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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

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.