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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.