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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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: 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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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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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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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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Winner of the SIB Best Lightning Talk Award

Congratulations to Lorenzo Gatti, from the Applied Computational Genomics Team in Zurich, who won the SIB Best Lightning Talk Award in recognition of his outstanding presentation entitled «As a stone thrown in a still pond: Describing human influenza dynamics and global circulation patterns after 2009 A/pH1N1 pandemic explosion»

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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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Winners of the SIB Best Poster Award

Congratulations to the Proteome Informatics Group (represented by Julien Mariethoz - left) and the SIB Technology Group (represented by Vassilios Ioannidis - right) who won the Best Poster Award ex aequo at our SIB Days last week!

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