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Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics celebrates 10th birthday by presenting major gifts to human health
Date:9/24/2008

Ten years old. The SIB is a Swiss success story at the frontier of biology and computer science. It brings together 300 scientists, organised into 25 working groups, one of which has just made a major scientific breakthrough in the field of human proteins.

The SIB is backed by some of the best universities and research centres in Switzerland and the world. Funded by the Swiss government as well as international agencies, the EU, UK and US. The SIB's resources such as its Web server ExPASy are accessed more than one million times a day by life science researchers worldwide.

SIB announces first mapping of all human proteins

The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics has produced a groundbreaking encyclopaedic knowledge that captures all that is known about the functions and interaction of the full set of human proteins.

Proteins are the physical expression of our genetic code. They are the essence of life itself, providing the basic building blocks of all cells. In short, proteins are minute "machines" that transport material, run chemical reactions and recognize other vital molecules within our body. Studying them is not only crucial to understanding how life functions, but to fighting genetic-based diseases as well. The results are available free to the world over the Web.

SIB inaugurates annual award to recognise talented young scientists

The first winner is Zoltn Kutalik, 29, a Hungarian national who has been working with the SIB at the University of Lausanne for two years. The award is for the "Ping Pong" code, published earlier in the journal Nature Biotechnology (May 2008), which allows scientists to check human cell lines for their sensitivity to thousands of drugs.

Major breakthrough in biological science first protein encyclopaedia

Speaking at the 10th anniversary conference of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in Berne, Switzerland, its director Profess
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Contact: Janice Blondeau
janice.blondeau@isb-sib.ch
41-216-924-054
Swiss Institute of Bioinoformatics
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