February Virtual Seminar by Jérôme Goudet: an interview

Simulating past demography: can it be done?
Is it possible to infer the ancestral demography of a species from genetic data, based on its current genetic composition? "Yes," answers Jérôme Goudet, SIB Group Leader and associate professor in Population Genetics at the Department of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Lausanne.

Join us at SIB's bioinformatics hackathon for kids

Children aged 9 to 14 are invited to take part in the second edition of SIB's public bioinformatics hackathon in Geneva on Saturday 14 April.

Cells are able to detect more shades of information than previously thought

Hacking a cell’s communication system is a common feat of information diseases, such as cancer. Understanding how information is conveyed at the molecular level is therefore crucial. So far, one of the most common cell receptors was thought to function only...

Congratulations to the first generation of SIB PhD fellows!

With the recent graduation of a first promotion of SIB PhD fellows, a special event place took place on 6 March in Zurich to celebrate their work.

February publications

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

The genetic burden of pioneers

Having a pioneer ancestor could explain the excess of harmful mutations observed in recently colonized areas of Quebec, a recent study shows. Using a unique combination of genomic and historical data, researchers from SIB at the University of Bern, in collaboration with the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi... 

Latest Protein Spotlight: Side effects

Nature tiptoes along a sturdy yet fragile tightrope. DNA is its backbone and provides a basis from which every single living species on this planet emerges and prospers. Time, however, tampers with everything. Silver turns black. Fruit rots. And DNA undergoes mutations.

Predicting the spread of epidemics: it's what's inside (the model) that counts

Recent viral outbreaks such as Ebola or Zika remind us that every new virus has the potential to spread and cause a worldwide epidemic. Being able to map, quantify and make early predictions about the spread of an epidemic is therefore crucial.

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