SIB is co-steering European efforts to foster open sharing of SARS-CoV-2 genomic data

After setting up the Swiss SARS-CoV-2 data hub, SIB is now co-leading an international project to facilitate open sharing of viral genomic sequences in other countries. Through SIB, Switzerland will thus be sharing its experience setting up and using a national viral genomics platform.

Season’s greetings and best wishes to our Teams, Members and Partners

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful snowy holiday season, and a happy New Year.

Happy Evolution Day! And a new website to celebrate…

Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s famous work ‘On the Origin of Species’, published on 24 November 1859. And how best to celebrate evolutionary biology than through stories showing some of the real-life implications of this somewhat abstract concept?

One entry-point to query them all: the SPHN Federated Query System is online

For the first time, biomedical researchers can assess the availability of consented datasets over all five university hospitals in Switzerland at once.

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health featured in Cell Genomics

The latest special issue of the journal Cell Genomics features a collection of perspective, opinion, Q&A and technical papers dedicated to the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).

Switzerland establishes a national infrastructure to track COVID-19 and its variants

Today, the delta variant of the virus dominates the Swiss landscape. This is only possible thanks to an unprecedented sequencing effort. At the heart of the process, a national infrastructure, co-led by the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, now centralises all the genetic sequences of the virus collected in Switzerland.

Bioinformatics Awards 2021: a series of talks to discover the laureates’ work

Excellence in bioinformatics is acknowledged through the Bioinformatics Awards, launched by SIB in 2008. The 2021 laureates were announced during the [BC]2 Basel Computational Biology Conference held in September.

Scaling up biodiversity genomics across Europe

As members of the Swiss node of the European Reference Genome Atlas initiative, several SIB Groups are participating in a Pilot Project to sequence reference genomes for selected species across Europe. The results of the first phase of the Pilot Project, presented at the Biodiversity Genomics 2021 conference, demonstrate the benefits of a united community effort to scale up biodiversity genomics across Europe.