SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics: 15 years old, still growing and projects for the future

On March 30, the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Since its creation in 1998, the institute has grown exponentially and is now represented by almost 40 groups located within Switzerland’s major Universities and Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.

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SIB honours three young bioinformaticians for their outstanding research work

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics announced the winners of the SIB Awards 2012 during its annual internal meeting – the SIB Days – on 29 January 2013. The SIB Young Bioinformatician Award and the SIB Best Graduate Paper Award, respectively doted with a cash prize of CHF 10'000 and CHF 5’000, are given yearly by SIB to recognise two excellent young bioinformaticians.

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A deeper look on brain ageing: Further Study on Late-Onset Alzheimer Disease, the most common type of dementia

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics will be one of the actors of a recently launched Aging Systems Biology project (AgedBrainSysBio), a European collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under the Health Work Programme of the 7th Framework Programme. The consortium which gathers 14 academic and industrial partners from different countries will combine their efforts to study human brain ageing and Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, a chronic and neurodegenerative disease, for which no cure exists.

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Fire ant: a gene for dictating social behaviour

Why is it that some insects do not have the same social behaviour within the same species? The phenomenon is frequently observed yet has remained un-explained until recently when research carried out on a particularly devastating species of ant - the fire ant – by the biologist Laurent Keller at the University of Lausanne and by the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics demonstrated that differences in colony organisation were the doings of a “social chromosome”.

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SIB commissioned by the FAO and IAEA to develop an e-learning module on animal viral pathogens

SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics has been commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) joint program to produce an e-learning module on the phylogenetics of viral pathogens of domestic animals, to train veterinarians and biologists.

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