How chameleons change colour and keep cool

Research led by SIB group leader Michel Milinkovitch (Laboratory of Artificial and Natural Evolution, University of Geneva), which was published last week in Nature Communications, created a bit of a global buzz. Aware of the strong physical component present in biological processes, Michel Milinkovitch uses techniques both from the fields of biology and of physics to understand them.

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SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics contributing to largest ever genome-wide study strengthening genetic link to obesity

Findings help explain why some people are more likely than others to gain weight and develop obesity-related conditions Key findings The largest genetic association study ever has tripled the number of known genetic locations that play a role in obesity. While diet and exercise are important, the study sharpens the role genetics play in people’s tendency to gain weight and where the fat is stored.

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New possibilities for the treatment of breast cancer arise with the help of mathematics

Researchers of three of Switzerland’s leading scientific institutions have brought to light a means of reprogramming a flawed immune response into an efficient anti-tumoral one by the results of a translational trial relating to breast cancer. Thanks to the innovative combination of mathematical modelization and experimentation, only 20 tests were necessary, whereas traditional experimentation would have required 596 tests to obtain the same results.

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SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics designated an FAO Reference Centre

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has appointed SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as the FAO Reference Centre for bioinformatics. SIB’s expertise together with its state-of-the-art scientific services led to the choice of the Institute.

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