Tracking the “social networks” of genes disrupted in complex diseases - EN|FR

Your personal risk of developing complex diseases such as diabetes, depression or cancer is influenced in part by genetic variants, that is, letters in your DNA sequence that differ between people. These variants disrupt networks of interacting genes in different tissues of your body, two studies published in Nature Methods and PLoS Computational Biology found.

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SIB Group leaders receive Best Paper Award at Bioinformatics Conference in San Francisco

Philipp Bucher and Bernard Moret – both Group leaders at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and at the EPFL – as well as members of their team received the Best Paper Award for "A Maximum-likelihood approach for building cell-type trees by lifting" at the fourteenth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference in San Francisco.

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Ärzte der Zukunft – das HUG als Vorreiter / Les médecins du futur – les HUG pionniers [DE|FR]

Das Universitätsspital Genf (HUG) hat mit dem SIB Schweizerischen Institut für Bioinformatik eine Vereinbahrung abgeschlossen, die es ihm erlaubt, auf dem Gebiet der personalisierten Medizin eine Vorreiterrolle einzunehmen.

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Tick tock - sequencing the tick genome could help defuse the Lyme disease time bomb

Geneva, 10 February 2016 - After a decade-long research effort the genome of the deer tick has been sequenced by an international team of scientists, including researchers from the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Studying the tick genome sheds light on how ticks function and will help to develop novel tick control programmes by interfering with the processes of disease transmission.

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The Challenges of Swiss-Prot: An interview with Ioannis Xenarios

With the current exponential growth of biomedical data, there is a crucial need to organize and check them, as well as make them accessible to both humans and computers. This activity is called biocuration. Online biocurated databases play a central role in the whole process. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Swiss-Prot, the curated section of the UniProt Knowledgebase Ioannis Xenarios, Head of the Swiss-Prot group at SIB, has been asked about the current and future challenges for the knowledgebase and for his group.

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SIB joins the fight against Zika

A page dedicated to the Zika virus has recently been published by ViralZone – one of SIB’s core knowledge resources on virus diversity. The Zika virus is an emerging pathogene. As such, most knowledge referring directly to it is scarce, or must be retrieved from viruses of the same family in various articles, books, databases etc.

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Today: Role and place of the Swiss-Prot database and the SIB Swiss-Prot group

A gold standard for protein knowledge

UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot is an expertly curated and very low-redundant protein knowledgebase originally created in 1986 under the name of Swiss-Prot, and now part of the UniProt Knowledgebase which was established in 2002.

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Genome of the bed bug explains insecticide resistance and brutal sex

Sequencing the bed bug genome has shed light on how to devise strategies against their resistance to insecticides - this is the result of the work of two different groups of scientists - including members of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. The groups recently decoded the bed bug’s genome in the search for new approaches to combat the spread of bed bugs. Both articles were published early February in Nature Communications.

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Latest Protein Spotlight issue: Discerning change

Outside, clouds glide across the horizon. A man on the street below seems in a hurry. Two cars and a lorry drive past him. And a sparrow lands on the windowsill. As you get up to see it closer, a pencil rolls off the end of the table and falls to the floor. None of this may seem particularly eventful to you but it does take a very intricate network of cells to process the surrounding information so that you can see it all happening.

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Latest Protein Spotlight issue: Shaping Life

We take our shape for granted. As we do the contours of our eyes and the curves of our heart. But for everything to be sculpted the way Nature has found it best for us to be, cells need to know when to multiply and when to stop multiplying, in addition to knowing how to remain close to one another while dealing with external forces such as the gravitational pull.

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A history of Swiss-Prot


In the late 70s, DNA and protein sequences started being produced quite easily and with them came the need for storage and analysis tools.

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Harmful mutations have accumulated during early human migrations out of Africa

Lausanne, 11 January 2016 - The further a population moves away from its place of origin, the more harmful mutations it will carry. This is the result of a study conducted by Laurent Excoffier, Group leader at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Professor at the University of Bern, and his team, as part of an international collaboration led by Brenna Henn from Stony Brook University and Carlos Bustamante from Stanford University.

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Swiss-Prot celebrates its 30 years

On the occasion of the Biocuration Conference 2016 in Geneva, the Swiss-Prot protein database will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Geneva is the town of origin of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the cradle of the most important protein encyclopedia in the world.

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