June Virtual Seminar by Matt Robinson: an interview

Predicting diseases, one step ahead
Our health depends not only on the genes that Nature dealt us at birth, but also on the environment we evolve in and the kind of life we lead.

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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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August publications

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

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July publications

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

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Participate in an ELIXIR survey on bioinformatics resources for human genome variation

Are you a life science professional? Please take 10-15 minutes of your time to fill an anonymous survey aiming to understand and improve the usage of existing infrastructure, resources and protocols for human genome variation annotation and curation.

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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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Our latest video: ‘Swiss Bioinformatics: more than data’

Discover the spirit behind Switzerland’s vibrant community of scientists dedicated to making sense out of biological data...

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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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SIB Days 2018: Swiss Bioinformatics connected

Hundreds of SIB Members from across Switzerland came to Biel/Bienne on 26 June to attend the SIB Days – our 2-day internal conference and a unique opportunity for the bioinformatics community to connect.

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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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Latest Protein Spotlight: On the right track

Left only to the passage of time, everything gravitates towards chaos. Gardens become overgrown. Roads gather potholes and cracks. Relationships wither, and teeth rot. We have ways of dealing with this however.

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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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DNA loops and smoke rings have a lot in common

Why do DNA loops forming different knot types sediment at different speeds? Researchers from SIB, UNIL and EPFL joined forces with Polish colleagues to answer this question.

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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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