SIB Group Leader Prof. Xenarios is among the 100 distinguished personalities in Western Switzerland

Entrepreneurs, Scientists, Journalists, Artists... Each year, the Forum des 100 lists and brings together 100 personalities who contribute to the dynamism and spirit of innovation of Western Switzerland.
Prof. Ioannis Xenarios is among the laureates of the 13th edition being held today at the University of Lausanne...

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Video – Building the national research infrastructure

SIB was mandated to play a pivotal role in the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN), a national initiative launched in January 2017.
Torsten Schwede, Head of SIB’s Personalized Health Informatics group, presents some of the challenges and the expertise needed to bring Switzerland at the forefront of personalized health.

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This spring, pick your date for a scientific family outing

Science images exhibition, café scientifique, night of the museums, open house at the University of Lausanne, hackathon...

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Oncobench: one day gained to fight cancer

When it comes to fighting cancer, obtaining a diagnosis a day earlier, as well as saving one full day per week of clinical lab professionals’ precious time, can have important benefits for patients, hospitals and health insurance alike. This and other advances have been made possible by a tool developed by SIB and the Clinical Pathology Service of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), according to a recent satisfaction survey.

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Dr Alan Bridge appointed as co-director of SIB’s Swiss-Prot group

Dr Alan Bridge has been appointed as the new co-director of the Swiss-Prot group of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, with effect from 1 November 2017. He succeeds Dr Lydie Bougueleret, who has announced her retirement after 12 years in the post.

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Video – RHAPSODY, a project to fight diabetes

Last September, we were announcing SIB’s participation in a European public-private partnership on Risk Assessment and Progression of Diabetes (RHAPSODY).
Watch this short video to learn more about SIB’s role in the project.

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Between you and me

Communication has a purpose and is usually selfish. Humans have raised it to the level of entertainment in the form of books, exhibitions, politics and plays, and to while away time over smoked salmon and a glass of wine. More often than not, however, organisms communicate for survival reasons - flowers let off scent to attract pollinisers, birds whistle to seduce partners, wolves howl to gather for a hunt, ants sting to ward off predators.

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Emmanouil Dermitzakis receives prestigious award

SIB’s Group Leader Emmanouil Dermitzakis, Professor of Genetics in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development (University of Geneva Medical School), was awarded the 2017 Bodossaki Foundation Scientific Award in the field of Biosciences (Medicine or Biology).

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Open Geneva Hackathons: Bioinformaticians@SIB meet people

How can computer programming help solve life science problems? Whether you are a budding young scientist, an experienced programmer or structural biologist, join us to find out at SIB’s first public bioinformatics hackathon, at the Campus Biotech in Geneva on 13 and 14 May.

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Something else

Knives were crafted to cut. Yet how many of us use them to slit an envelope. Or prise open a lid. Nature too has its ways of perverting a design so that its initial role is altered to become another. This is exactly what happened to a protein known as osteocrin.

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The new SIB Profile is out

The last year has been full of developments for SIB, from biocuration, with SIB hosting the 9th International Biocuration Conference, to several projects in personalized health and many more scientific advances...

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Focus on Clinical Bioinformatics: Bridging the gap between data science and medicine

“Stick out your tongue and say... ‘omics’”.
In addition to patients’ vital signs or eating habits, molecular profiling data is increasingly becoming part of the medical practitioners’ toolbox. But these ‘omics’ data pose novel challenges, for clinicians and scientists alike.

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How to color a lizard: from biology to mathematics

From the clown fish to leopards, skin colour patterns in animals arise from microscopic interactions among coloured cells that obey equations discovered by the mathematician Alan Turing. Today, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, and SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics report in the journal Nature that a southwestern European lizard slowly acquires its intricate adult skin colour by changing the colour of individual skin scales using an esoteric computational system invented in 1948 by another mathematician: John von Neumann.

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SIB accelerates the fight against diabetes with several pan- European projects

Recent advances in the fight against type 2 diabetes (T2D) result from a pan-European collaborative project, called IMIDIA, in which the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is closely involved since 2010.

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