How to color a lizard: from biology to mathematics

Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics report in the journal Nature that a southwestern European lizard slowly acquires its intricate adult skin colour by changing the colour of individual skin scales using an esoteric computational system invented in 1948 by the mathematician John von Neumann. (Image: UNIGE). This research was supported by the Research, Technology and Development Project (RTD) EpiPhysX.
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Free registration for SBHD 2017 is sponsoring the International Conference on Systems Biology of Human Disease (SBHD) 2017, which will take place at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, from July 5-7, 2017. We are offering free registration to 15 participants and up to 10 travel grants for students and postdocs of the network. If you are interested, send an email to eavan.dorcey(at) by May 31. These free registrations and travel grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Film about

Over the years of the initiative, a great many interesting projects have been carried out. has decided to produce a documentary film to chronicle this wealth of research, which will be premiered at the 3rd International Conference in Zurich in September. Eavan Dorcey is overseeing the film project, in which a handful of very diverse projects will be portrayed, giving an overview of the Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology. The one hour long film, written by the science journalist Barbara Gallavotti, is being filmed at several institutions.


Fighting malaria through metabolism

EPFL scientists have fully modeled the metabolism of the deadliest malaria parasite. The model offers unprecedented tools for developing a new generation of antimalarial therapies to overcome drug resistance. (Image: UBern/EPFL). This research was supported by the Research, Technology and Development Project (RTD) MalarX.
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