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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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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Latest Protein Spotlight: On releasing tension

Like life, cells are subject to continuous change. Nothing in the vicinity of a cell remains still - unless death has interrupted its course. And the same goes for the inside of each cell. All sorts of molecules are being shuttled from one part to another, after having been created or on their way to being degraded.

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Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common !

The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland, demonstrate that all these skin appendages are homologous: they share a common ancestry.

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