Encouraging knowledge reuse to foster innovation

Being able to redistribute or reuse parts of scientific knowledge, such as information encoded in biological databases, is an essential driver of innovation. Today, UniProt adopts the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license to encourage the creation of derivative products.

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How best to fund knowledgebases? An ELIXIR webinar

To ensure the preservation of life science knowledge on the long term, innovative funding models for knowledgebases such as UniProt must be found. SIB conducted a study addressing this very topic...

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Much like the khipu system, DNA knots contain precious information

Khipu – or knotted strings – were used by several Andean cultures to record information. Similarly, knots in DNA can reveal a lot about the molecule’s 3D organisation...

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"Personalized health, health tailor-made"

Discover the story of the patients for whom personalized medicine is already a reality. A TV documentary invites you to follow them with a team of oncologists, pathologists, biologists and bioinformaticians, in their search for a treatment against cancer.

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"Today a manager must have many skills and is expected to be everywhere at once"

As of 22 June, Christine Durinx is jointly leading SIB with Ron Appel. Christine tells us more about what such an appointment means in practice, the key ingredients needed for a successful tandem management model, and her vision for the Institute.

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May publications

Take a tour of SIB members' latest peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings

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A brief history of SIB

With the creation of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in 1998, Switzerland made a historical move and positioned itself as a pioneer in the field of data science.

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Genome Jumper, a mobile game to explore human diversity

Why is it some people don't have fingerprints? Or that others are more at risk of gluten intolerance? And what does bioinformatics have to do with all this? Find out with our mobile game Genome Jumper.

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June publications

Take a tour of SIB members' latest peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings

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Bioinformatics capacity building in South Africa

The development of expertise in bioinformatics and genomics among future African scientists is key for finding solutions to local health problems. However such training and courses often rely on powerful and complex infrastructure.

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The origin of the mammalian brain uncovered

The mammalian brain is characterised by the development of a vast neocortex that is superposed to the ancien ‘reptilian’ paleocortex. This distinction derives from how neurones are made. But how different parts of the brain decide which developmental mechanism to use?

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Torsten Schwede appointed new Vice Rector of Research at the University of Basel

On 23 May, SIB Group Leader Torsten Schwede was appointed new Vice Rector of Research of the University of Basel, as of 1 August 2018.

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Latest Protein Spotlight: Tainted

It has happened to all of us. You are seated in a good restaurant and the waiter has just brought you the wine you ordered. He solemnly shows you the label. You nod, and he proceeds to slit open the lead seal with the tip of his corkscrew.

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'Draw me a scientist' - an exhibition around the theatre play Genome Odyssey

First in Geneva at the Musée d'Ethnographie (MEG), then in Paris at the Musée de l'Homme, the theatre play Genome Odyssey invited the public - children in particular - to dive into scientific research and the Aboriginal Australian traditions.

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