Tag: outreach

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: A taste of light

    Light gave life a chance to be. Without it, our planet would not be inhabited by so many living beings of all shapes and sizes. Over time, animals, plants and all sorts of microorganisms have emerged and evolved using this source of photons in...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: A touch of warmth

    We need heat. All warm-blooded animals know this instinctively because when life leaves us, the cold creeps in fast. Heat is produced in different ways inside us, and not only to keep our body temperature at a healthy level but also to keep it...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: A walk on the rough side

    Life can be hard. There are times when you find yourself in the most unfriendly circumstances and, more often than not, the best way to deal with the situation is to find your own solution and wriggle your own way out. Living species are the most...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Becoming one

    There are different ways of producing progeny. In eukaryotes, the most widespread method is for two reproductive cells of the opposite sex to meet and fuse. This may sound straightforward but mating is never an easy affair. Not only must the two...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Best left unsaid

    There are times in life when things are best left unsaid. So you bite your tongue or someone bites it for you. Either way, you are silenced and no - or less - harm is done. Nature also has its techniques for muffling genes whose products are not...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Between you and me

    Communication has a purpose and is usually selfish. Humans have raised it to the level of entertainment in the form of books, exhibitions, politics and plays, and to while away time over smoked salmon and a glass of wine. More often than not,...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: It's a thin line

    One cell. One organism. One fate: male, or female. The way Nature designs things, you would expect traits as fundamental as those that make a boy a boy or a girl a girl, for instance, to be inscribed in their respective DNA from the very start.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Something else

    Knives were crafted to cut. Yet how many of us use them to slit an envelope. Or prise open a lid. Nature too has its ways of perverting a design so that its initial role is altered to become another. This is exactly what happened to a protein known...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Sweet Poison

    Where there is a will, there is a way. We have all faced situations that seem hopeless yet, given time and determination, we end up finding a solution. Nature tackles apparent dead ends by using the forces that drive evolution. In this way,...

  • 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.

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: When the mind bends

    Science has its backlashes. Consider nuclear fission, or the drug thalidomide. Psilocybin is also a discovery that brought trouble with it - though of a very different and milder kind. Psilocybin is none other than the magic referred to in "magic...

  • 'Draw me a scientist' - an exhibition around the theatre play Genome Odyssey

    First in Geneva at the Musée d'Ethnographie (MEG), then in Paris at the Musée de l'Homme, the theatre play Genome Odyssey invited the public - children in particular - to dive into scientific research and the Aboriginal Australian traditions.

  • ‘Bioinformatics for all’ in May: many happy faces

    Over 650 people, including school classes, took part in our outreach activities around bioinformatics on the occasion of the University of Lausanne Open House (Mystères de l’UNIL) and the Night of the Museums in Geneva, on 18-21 May. The two events...

  • "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...

  • "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.

  • 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.

  • Bioinformatics, a Swiss pride - 20 years of service to the life sciences and health

    Whether we are retracing the history of our ancestors, designing new drugs or understanding what gives Swiss Gruyère its unique flavour, bioinformatics has become an essential discipline.

  • Clinical Bioinformatics

    Focus on the group’s purpose The group’s objectives are to harmonize and standardize clinical bioinformatics analysis pipelines for omics (and other high-throughput) data across hospitals in Switzerland. Fostering harmonization of clinical NGS...

  • Focus on Clinical Bioinformatics: Bridging the gap between data science and medicine

    “Stick out your tongue and say... ‘omics’”.In addition to patients’ vital signs or eating habits, molecular profiling data is increasingly becoming part of the medical practitioners’ toolbox. But these ‘omics’ data pose novel challenges, for...

  • From a popular science blog on proteins to a book: launch of a crowdfunding campaign

    Be it the architecture of intelligence, the source of migraines or the origin of cell suicide...: proteins matter. Would you like to help us spread the word?

  • Genome Jumper, a mobile game to explore human diversity

    Why is it some people don't have fingerprints? Or that others are more at risk of gluten intolerance? And what does bioinformatics have to do with all this? Find out with our mobile game Genome Jumper.

  • Genome Odyssey: A theatrical journey through scientific research

    Spearheaded by SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics' Group Leader Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas and in partnership with Group Leader Laurent Excoffier, Genome Odyssey is a theater play inspired by the scientists' recent paper in Nature on Australia’s...

  • Hoisting the colours of Swiss bioinformatics

    As of this month, the buildings of the University of Geneva, the University of Lausanne and the Biozentrum at the University of Basel – three of SIB's main locations – are harboring colourful banners celebrating SIB’s 20th anniversary.

  • 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.

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Giving in to time

    Time runs its treacherous fingers along everything. The smoothed edges of a pebble. The polished wood of a staircase. The worn joints in our bones. Sometimes, even, the erosion of our memory. Every day, every hour, every minute, we get a little...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: More to it

    Multitasking is not limited to computers. On a day-to-day basis, humans frequently deal with more than one thing at a time - for the sake of speed, convenience and no doubt productivity.

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Out of the ordinary

    Life depends on chemical signals. Without them our heart wouldn't know how to beat or our thoughts how to form, our eyes would be unable to see, our legs unable to walk and our mouths would be incapable of speech.

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Round in circles

    There will always be more to Nature than meets the eye. During the 1950s and the 1960s, the importance of RNA in protein synthesis gradually emerged. RNA has always been seen as a linear molecule, a bit like a sentence which has a beginning and an...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Seeking past shelter

    Nothing can survive without the means to defend itself. If bacteria are unable to protect themselves from freezing temperatures, they perish. If we cannot fight off the flu virus, we pass away. If plants cannot ward off toxic fungi, they wilt and...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: The contours of heredity

    Life has its shapes, and depends on all kinds of architecture. It needs a skeleton on which to hang. Blood vessels in which to flow. A brain to house its thoughts. A heart to give it a beat. On a far smaller scale, it needs cells to accommodate all...

  • Latest Protein Spotlight: Whispers

    We all depend on cues. Without them, the notion of community would not exist. Cues are the cement of society, and their nature can be very diverse. Birds whistle. Hogs grunt. Plants give off scents. Fish use bioluminescence. Slugs release...

  • 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...

  • Open Geneva Hackathons: Bioinformaticians@SIB meet people

    How can computer programming help solve life science problems? Whether you are a budding young scientist, an experienced programmer or structural biologist, join us to find out at SIB’s first public bioinformatics hackathon, at the Campus Biotech...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • SIB IN THE NEWS: DRUG DESIGN AND OUTREACH

    Today in the national news, Marie-Claude Blatter (Responsible - SIB Outreach activities) and Vincent Zoete (Associate director - Molecular Modelling group) presented SIB's role in drug design and bioinformatics outreach on the Radio Télévision...

  • 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...

  • Spotlight on the crucial role of bioinformatics in personalized health with two interviews

    At the occasion of SIB's 20th anniversary and of the recent launch of the SantéPerso initiative and platform, the role of bioinformatics in the personalized health context is in the spotlight, with two interviews.

  • The Drug Design Workshop: tomorrow’s drugs at your fingertips

    Bringing medicinal chemistry and bioinformatics to the layman, by using a didactic online platform based on professional tools, is the goal of the Drug Design Workshop. Developed in 2015 by SIB researchers, together with training and outreach...

  • This spring, pick your date for a scientific family outing

    Science images exhibition, café scientifique, night of the museums, open house at the University of Lausanne, hackathon...

  • What is bioinformatics

    First, a definition Life scientists and clinicians have always tried to assemble data and evidence to find the right answers to fundamental questions. Today, data are no longer lacking - but a different kind of problem has emerged. Indeed, new...