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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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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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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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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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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