SIB resources supporting SARS-CoV-2 research

SIB experts and resources are taking part in the global effort to develop dedicated data services, analysis tools and improve knowledge sharing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Biodata Coalition: a champion for essential biological databases

The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC), an international coalition of research funders to better coordinate approaches for the efficient funding, management and growth of biodata resources worldwide has been created. Its set-up is co-piloted by SIB.

April publications

Take a tour of SIB members' latest peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings

Latest SIB Profile: explore a year of Swiss bioinformatics

Welcome to the latest activity report of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. To get a sense of its diverse nationwide community of Data scientists for life, across 80 Groups and top institutions in Switzerland, simply start browsing!

Latest Protein Spotlight: On light, buds and bursts

For shoots to appear along the length of a rose's stem, besides light, sugars are required in huge quantities and, for this, many enzymes are triggered into action. In the common modern rose, Rosa hybrida, one such enzyme is a vacuolar invertase - acid beta-fructofuranosidase 1 - which specifically breaks down sucrose to provide rosebuds with what they need to bloom.

March publications

Take a tour of SIB members' latest peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings

Swiss players join European effort to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics

Scientists at SIB and the University of Basel, and Chelonia Applied Sciences (Basel), are part of a European effort to find molecules active against COVID-19 - and to accelerate this process in the future.

Latest Protein Spotlight: A way in

Viruses need to get inside cells in order to multiply, and this is what brings on infection. Viruses recognise molecules on the surface of cells to which they bind, thus enabling them - or parts of them - to enter the host cells where they rapidly spread. The coronavirus which is wreaking havoc across the planet is able to recognise a protein on the surface of a variety of human cells known as angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2.