One thousand, every heartbeat. That is the rate at which sperm multiply in a healthy human male individual the moment puberty kicks off. It is a lot. And each sperm is potentially fertile... More.
UniProt Knowledgebase release 2012_11
UniProtKB/SwissProt Release of 28-Nov-2012 contains 538,585 sequence entries...More. UniProtKB/TrEMBL Release of 28-Nov-2012 contains 28,395,832 sequence entries...More
UniProt Knowledgebase release 2012_10
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Release of 31-Oct-2012 contains 538,259 sequence entries...More. UniProtKB/TrEMBL Release of 31-Oct-2012 contains 27,122,814 sequence entries...More
Protein Spotlight: branching out
Humans are unique. Whichever way you look at it. We can talk. We can write. We can build skyscrapers, make art, design weapons and be a general nuisance to many other life forms. About 2.5 million years ago however, ... More.
Updates to HAMAP and its website
The scope of HAMAP has been extended to classify and annotate also proteins from eukaryotic species. Additionally, our website has been updated and we provide now distinct pages for HAMAP family profiles on the HAMAP website. More information.
UniProt Knowledgebase release 2012_09
UniProtKB/SwissProt Release of 03-Oct-2012 contains 538,010 sequence entries...More. UniProtKB/TrEMBL Release of 03-Oct-2012 contains 26,079,526 sequence entries...More
Protein Spotlight: nature's flaws
Nothing is perfect. And nature is no exception. This said, we should be grateful for nature's imperfections because, were it not for them, we would not be here... More.
External resources available
Several ExPASy users requested that "external" tools (i.e. resources not maintained by the SIB but listed on the page proteomics software tools) should be included in the "Find resources" search and ... More
Protein Spotlight: life's boundaries
There is only one way of propagating the species, and that is by mating. However, for many animals, mating usually implies hordes of sperm all fighting to get their nucleus into one egg... More.
UniProt Knowledgebase release 2012_08
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Release of 05-Sep-2012 contains 537,505 sequence entries...More. UniProtKB/TrEMBL Release of 05-Sep-2012 contains 23,994,583 sequence entries...More
Release 11 of the Bgee database
- Affymetrix dataset updated (duplicated-free, high quality chips, new quality controls) - Human developmental ontology updated - Reannotation of all human Affymetrix - Drosophila in situ updated
Protein Spotlight: the poison in pain
Pain is a persuasive way of keeping the enemy at bay. Hosts of living beings make use of it, both in the animal and the plant world. Many of us have experienced the sting of a nettle, or indeed a wasp, a cat's scratch...More.
Tutorials and workshops at ECCB'12
The 12th European Conf. on Comp. Biology (ECCB'12) will take place on Sept 9-12 in Basel, Switzerland and it includes workshops and tutorials some of which are most relevant to biologists who wish to learn about bioinformatics and comp. biology. Register at: ECCB
UniProt Knowledgebase release 2012_07
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Release of 11-Jul-2012 contains 536,789 sequence entries...More. UniProtKB/TrEMBL Release of 11-Jul-2012 contains 23,165,610 sequence entries...More
Protein Spotlight: on the other side
We all need sleep. Yet sleep spells 'off our guards' and, from a purely biological point of view, it is not a wise move. In the land of Nod, an organism is vulnerable and an easy prey for predator. More.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Release of 13-Jun-2012 contains 536,489 sequence entries...More. UniProtKB/TrEMBL Release of 13-Jun-2012 contains 22,660,469 sequence entries...More
Protein Spotlight: on sex, drugs and satisfaction
Pleasure is not a human invention. Experiences that arouse a feeling of contentment are as old as life. They have, in fact, kept life going. More.
UniProt Knowledgebase release 2012_05
UniProtKB/SwissProt Release of 16-May-2012 contains 536,029 sequence entries...More. UniProtKB/TrEMBL Release of 16-May-2012 contains 22,128,511 sequence entries...More
Protein Spotlight: kiss of life
We all take Spring for granted. The moment the first bouts of warmth hit the air, we fully expect to see the lawn duly mottled with daisies, leaves pushing their way into the nascent season and flowers blossoming ... More.