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GE Healthcare DNAscan 6C Rapid DNA Analysis System

GE Healthcare and NetBio have introduced the fully automated DNAscan 6C Rapid DNA Analysis System, which provides high-quality STR profiles for up to five samples in less than 90 minutes. The six-color system increases STR chemistry options with its high DNA content FlexPlex BioChipSet cassette. The six-dye FlexPlex chemistry generates STR profiles containing 27 loci — 23 autosomal STR loci, three Y-STR loci, and amelogenin — and as a result is compatible with major DNA databases globally. Flexplex chemistry spans the Extended European Standard Set, the expanded US CODIS core loci, and other commonly used region-specific loci. Fully automated, the DNAscan 6C Rapid DNA Analysis System performs.

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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.