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Fluxion Biosciences IsoFlux EMT Enrichment Kit

Fluxion Biosciences has introduced the IsoFlux EMT Enrichment Kit for the isolation of rare circulating tumor cells from blood samples. The new kit works with the company's IsoFlux System and specifically targets cells with both epithelial and mesenchymal properties. Fluxion noted that mesenchymal properties have typically not been addressed in other CTC capture systems. The kits are available for immediate use through the IsoFlux Discovery Services program, with kit shipments to IsoFlux customers starting in the third quarter of 2015, the company said.

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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.