Should we worry about our Christmas turkey? Predicting the geographic spread of the avian flu

The bird flu is back and spreading fast, but where it will actually manage to strive and persist remains unclear. A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics’ Swiss-Prot and Vital-IT groups, has just published the first global model to predict such risks, based on the wealth of epidemic data from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus.

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Tenacious memory

We need to remember. Yet there are things we would like to forget. They just hang on in there regardless of feeling and time. What is it that keeps a memory alive inside us? What is it that makes a sort of indelible imprint on our brain while other memories slip away?

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SIB Awards 2017 - Call for applications

Are you a young bioinformatician with a remarkable career, project or paper? A team who developed a ground-breaking bioinformatics resource? A graduate paper author who at least partly studied in Switzerland? Then you could be eligible!

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Genomic tools to combat the spread of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle

The Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, also known as the starry sky beetle, is native to eastern Asia but has successfully invaded North America and Europe where it infests maple, birch, willow, elm, and poplar trees. Published in the journal Genome Biology, an international team of scientists report on the sequencing, annotation, and comparative exploration of this beetle’s genome in an effort to develop novel tools to combat its spread and better understand the biology of invasive wood-boring pests.

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