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© 2004 International Society for Computational Biology. All
by Ilan Samish, 3Dsig co-organizer
the 1st structural bioinformatics special interest group meeting,
was held preceding the ISMB/ECCB conference. The 2-day meeting hosted
220 registrants for a program of 8 invited speakers, 20 short presentations,
discussion sessions, a round-table panel and novel laptop sessions.
Beyond the power-point presentations, the laptop sessions enabled
usage of structural bioinformatics software and intimate-group interactions
at various levels. 3Dsig was organized by Ilan Samish, Meir Edelman
and John Moult, the latter chairing a scientific committee that
included Phil Bourne, Luis Serrano, Michael Sternberg, and Ron Unger.
Scientifically,3Dsig's hot topics included
extending structure prediction to function prediction as well as
interaction analysis (binding sites, protein-protein, docking).
Opposite and complementary trends were raised: On one hand, moving
to large-scale global analysis using every bit of information that
can be datamined. On the other hand, 3Dsig
topics included careful and detailed analysis of raw data (e.g.
NMR vs. Xray data, effect of crystal-packing, usage of electron-density
maps), as well as stretching our understanding/prediction to new
horizons (intermediate resolution structures, protein disorder,
membrane environment, structure-based evolution analysis). Further,
the usage and growing need for combining 'wet' and in silico data
was emphasized (e.g. protein interactions, transmembrane topology
prediction, RNA structure)
The 3Dsig-2004 booklet is available online:
by Ralf Blossey, Bioinformatics & Statistical Physics SIG coordinator
Bioinformatics & Statistical Physics SIG meeting was held in
conjunction with ISMB/ECCB 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland for the first
time. A previous meeting took place as a Satellite to the first
European Conference of Computational Biology 2002 in Saarbrücken,
Germany. The main theme of the meeting is the relation between the
physical and functional properties of biomolecules (DNA, proteins)
and biological systems; new technological directions were addressed
by contributions to the function of bio-nanotechnological devices,
in particular for DNA hybridization, and by studies of biological
networks, in particular those of gene regulation.
talks were presented to an audience of approximately 60 participants.
As judged by the audience’ and speakers’ feedback, the
meeting was very well-received. For more complete information about
this SIG and pdf files of the presentations please see http://iri.ibl.fr/bn/pages/SIG/index.html
speakers and this organizer believe that the topical theme is timely
and of growing interest to the community of computational biologists.
Future editions should, however, make the SIG a true forum for exchange
between physicists and bioinformaticians. I am therefore grateful
for any suggestions or contributions from ISCB members in order
to help achieve this goal. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Phil Lord and Robert Stevens, Bio-Ontologies SIG
Annual Bio-Ontologies SIG at ISMB has now reached its seventh year.
An Ontology is a formal representation of knowledge which can be
used to classify and organise biological phenomena. Although ontologies
have been used for many years, the success of the Gene Ontology
has ensured that they are a standard part of the bioinformatics
armoury. The Bio-Ontologies SIG serves as a general forum to present
both "News and Views" and early research. It provides
a natural place in which cutting edge bio-ontology research can
year’s Bio-Ontologies SIG was no exception, with 12 research
talks, a keynote by Dr. David Shotton of the BioImage database,
and a lively panel session, presenting to an audience of 80-100
people. For the first time, a selection of these talks will be published
in a special issue of Comparative and Functional Genomics.