A gene increases the severity of common colds

Researchers funded by the SNSF have discovered mutations that worsen respiratory infections among children. Their study explains the mechanism involved.

The SPHN Data Coordination Centre is expanding its team

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative designed to promote the development of personalized health in Switzerland. As a part of it, the Data Coordination Centre, led by SIB under the supervision of the National Steering Board, will establish nationwide interoperability of molecular and clinical data to enable personalized health research.

Taming the BEAST – A community teaching material resource for BEAST 2

As the amount of sequencing data increases there is a growing demand for the skills and experience to confidently conduct phylogenetic and phylodynamic analyses. PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from Prof. Stadler’s group launched an initiative to fill this gap and provide the resources necessary to learn how to perform analyses with the Bayesian phylogenetic software package BEAST2.

SIB, a national bioinformatics organization model

"SIB has become a reference throughout Europe with regard to its structure and organization, and the Institute is frequently approached by countries seeking guidance to create their own national bioinformatics infrastructure."

First international proposal to sustain core data resources: a revolution in motion

Some things in life sciences are essential. UniProt, for example, is a world reference resource for protein sequence and function, which receives over 900,000 requests per month. Its expert curated section is mainly maintained and developed by SIB’s Swiss-Prot Group.

How species arise: a mathematical answer

Predicting when and how species arise is now possible with a new theoretical model using genome-wide data, developed by SIB researcher Simon Aeschbacher and colleagues. The study was published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Latest Protein Spotlight: Seeing through the murk

We need light to see. There are times, though, when things are so gloomy it is difficult for light to shine through. So, to beat the darkness, either we create our own light or adapt to the lack of it. In Nature, the natural habitat of many vertebrates is water - sea water or fresh water.

SIB’s first hackathon: an augmented reality game to kill pain

‘Build a 3D virtual/augmented reality app to help understand life science.’ With this goal in mind, the sixteen participants in SIB’s first bioinformatics hackathon put their heads together to ‘gamify’ science on 13-14 May 2017 at the Campus Biotech in Geneva.