The monkeys that crossed the ocean

A study, in which Daniele Silvestro and Nicolas Salamin from SIB’s Computational Phylogenetics Group at the University of Lausanne participated, shows that the first monkeys to reach South America by sea weighed barely 400 grams.

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A brief history of SIB

With the creation of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in 1998, Switzerland made a historical move and positioned itself as a pioneer in the field of data science.

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July publications

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

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June publications

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"Science Fiction": Discover science in a different way

Are researchers austere? Is bioinformatics arid? Judge for yourself, with this handsome book published by SIB to mark the Institute's 20th anniversary, thanks to the financial support of many sponsors.

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The origin of the mammalian brain uncovered

The mammalian brain is characterised by the development of a vast neocortex that is superposed to the ancien ‘reptilian’ paleocortex. This distinction derives from how neurones are made. But how different parts of the brain decide which developmental mechanism to use?

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Life, a subtle balance

Life is a continuous balance between what needs to remain, and what must disappear. We are not aware of it but our bodies unceasingly shed cells that have received orders to die, which is a necessary process if tissues are to be renewed or to stay healthy...

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Tainted

It has happened to all of us. You are seated in a good restaurant and the waiter has just brought you the wine you ordered. He solemnly shows you the label. You nod, and he proceeds to slit open the lead seal with the tip of his corkscrew.

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Encouraging knowledge reuse to foster innovation

Being able to redistribute or reuse parts of scientific knowledge, such as information encoded in biological databases, is an essential driver of innovation. Today, UniProt adopts the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license to encourage the creation of derivative products.

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How best to fund knowledgebases? An ELIXIR webinar

To ensure the preservation of life science knowledge on the long term, innovative funding models for knowledgebases such as UniProt must be found. SIB conducted a study addressing this very topic...

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Much like the khipu system, DNA knots contain precious information

Khipu – or knotted strings – were used by several Andean cultures to record information. Similarly, knots in DNA can reveal a lot about the molecule’s 3D organisation...

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"Personalized health, health tailor-made"

Discover the story of the patients for whom personalized medicine is already a reality. A TV documentary invites you to follow them with a team of oncologists, pathologists, biologists and bioinformaticians, in their search for a treatment against cancer.

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"Today a manager must have many skills and is expected to be everywhere at once"

As of 22 June, Christine Durinx is jointly leading SIB with Ron Appel. Christine tells us more about what such an appointment means in practice, the key ingredients needed for a successful tandem management model, and her vision for the Institute.

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May publications

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