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

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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.

Putting FAIR principles into action for multi-omics

Are you working with multi-omics and aiming to make the generated data shareable and reusable? Find out what it entails and some of the tools that may help.

Detecting the environment-genetics interplay for obesity-related traits

A new open-source method allows to accurately estimate how much of our genome makes us susceptible to environmental risk factors, which in turn predispose us to certain pathologies. The study describing the method, led by the SIB Group of Zoltán Kutalik at the University of Lausanne, is published in Nature Communications.

February publications

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Latest Protein Spotlight: "the unwalkable disease"

When too much uric acid is produced, it precipitates as urate crystals that slowly build up finally causing excruciating pain - surprisingly at the base of the big toe in about half of gout cases. Why is uric acid elimination sometimes insufficient? Besides certain diets, there are a number of other reasons and one of them is the inherited dysfunction of a protein pump known as ABCG2