Should we worry about our Christmas turkey? Predicting the geographic spread of the avian flu

The bird flu is back and spreading fast, but where it will actually manage to strive and persist remains unclear. A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics’ Swiss-Prot and Vital-IT groups, has just published the first global model to predict such risks, based on the wealth of epidemic data from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus.

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The first genomic history of Australia’s peopling

Lausanne, 21 September – Australia has one of the longest histories of continuous human occupation outside Africa. But who exactly were the first people to settle there? Such a question has obvious political implications and has been hotly debated for decades. The first comprehensive genomic study of Aboriginal Australians reveals that they are indeed the direct descendants of Australia’s earliest settlers and diverged from their Papuan neighbours about 37’000 years ago (y.a.).

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Tenacious memory

We need to remember. Yet there are things we would like to forget. They just hang on in there regardless of feeling and time. What is it that keeps a memory alive inside us? What is it that makes a sort of indelible imprint on our brain while other memories slip away?

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RHAPSODY, a European symphony for personalized health of diabetes

Lausanne, 6 September 2016
The pan-European project RHAPSODY reunites researchers and experts from 26 partner Institutions, in both the public and private sectors, to improve the diagnosis of and fight against type 2 diabetes (T2D). SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is in charge of coordinating the integration of existing clinical data.

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SIB Awards 2017 - Call for applications

Are you a young bioinformatician with a remarkable career, project or paper? A team who developed a ground-breaking bioinformatics resource? A graduate paper author who at least partly studied in Switzerland? Then you could be eligible!

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LATEST PROTEIN SPOTLIGHT: A LOOSENING OF HABITS

We are not alone. From the day we are born, we carry with us hordes of microorganisms which, if all is going well, live off us while giving something in return. This micro-universe which is an integral part of our physiology has been called the microbiome.

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Genomic tools to combat the spread of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle

The Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, also known as the starry sky beetle, is native to eastern Asia but has successfully invaded North America and Europe where it infests maple, birch, willow, elm, and poplar trees. Published in the journal Genome Biology, an international team of scientists report on the sequencing, annotation, and comparative exploration of this beetle’s genome in an effort to develop novel tools to combat its spread and better understand the biology of invasive wood-boring pests.

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Genomics solutions to the riddle of the tobacco hornworm sphinx moth

Geneva, 12 August 2016 - Manduca sexta caterpillars
"Whooo ... are ... you?" asked the hookah-smoking caterpillar of Alice, in Wonderland. Asking the question of the caterpillar instead, an international team of scientists have published their findings from the sequencing, annotation, and exploration of the genome of the tobacco hornworm moth.

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Seeing red

The smallest of things can cause devastation. A word can hurt deeply. Distraction can create an accident. A spark can set off a fire. In the world of molecular biology, "small" rules. Life itself thrives on an intricate and very fragile harmony perpetuated by myriads of tiny molecules. And when something goes wrong, when a molecule changes its habits, it can create havoc.

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Of plastic and men

Nature has extraordinary resources. Here we are trashing her land, sea and atmosphere - and have been for over a century now - with all sorts of chemistry she didn't ask for and which, sooner or later, will prove to be harmful to those who are putting it there.

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Launch of a new cancer diagnostic platform: Oncobench®

This new genomic analysis platform is an exemplary outcome of the tight collaboration between a hospital (University Hospitals of Geneva, HUG) and bioinformatics experts (SIB), in order to develop cutting-edge clinical tools in the era of personalized medicine.

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A non-invasive prenatal test for detecting rare chromosomal anomalies

Lausanne, 14 July 2016 - NIPT Technology
The Vital-IT group of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and led by Prof. Ioannis Xenarios has been involved in fine-tuning an existing non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) with the hope of detecting a broader array of chromosomal anomalies.

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Latest Protein Spotlight: You want it darker

We are highly adaptable. We have been for the past few million years, and continue to be so on a daily basis. Whichever way you look at it, the art of adaptation really is just a way of preserving your integrity - physical or psychological - and coping the best way possible with the environment you are evolving in.

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The Science & Music project Opus 23 steps forward with a CD recording

Can music help us understand science? SIB asked the French composer Olivier Calmel to express the human genome complexity through a string quartet. The work was performed during several Science & Music events and was recorded by the Ramsès Quartet. The CD is now available!

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