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I’m a bioinformatics PhD student at EMBL-EBI and the University of Cambridge but I’m originally from Berlin.

My programming interests span from C++ over .NET and dynamic languages all the way to XHMTL/CSS and R.

I’m mainly working on genomics using high-throughput sequencing data. My thesis is about the regulation and expression of non-coding RNA (especially tRNA) in mammals.


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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@JonathonWisnoski Furthermore, if you had read e.g. the article on Wikipedia you would have seen how this isn’t a fallacious argument in this case, because I’m not using an appeal to authority to dismiss evidence or to make a logical argument. And while the article correctly marks that an appeal to authority is “generally” wrong, it’s widely agreed that the shortcut I took above is entirely legitimate, and not a logical fallacy.
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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@JonathonWisnoski “You cannot say that one person is inherently wrong because he is in disagreement with someone with a bigger list of academic accolades.” — I’m not saying this, and you are being disingenuous for pretending I did. I said that one person is inherently wrong because their interpretation is simply factually wrong, which is obvious to people who actually know about the science done here. And referring to the author of the study is merely a shortcut around the tedious process of explaining advanced statistical concepts to a lay audience without relevant prerequisite knowledge.
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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@JonathonWisnoski I’m not talking about the letter alone, but about what various authors have written in the wake of the controversy. Apologies, I could have been more precise in this (but it should have been obvious, after all, the letter refers to David Dobbs’ essay, for instance): the letter was never meant to be an exhaustive argument standing on its own.
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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@JonathonWisnoski Show me these plots. You seem to be the one talking out of your ass, or, more likely, you didn’t filter/assess the results properly. Did you properly filter for papers that corroborate race as a concept in a human evolutionary genetics context? I doubt it. Those are the relevant papers. Most papers that mention “race” (applied to humans) are medical papers that use the term as a population statistical term that doesn’t correspond to the evolutionary concept (and isn’t meant to).
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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@JonathonWisnoski There are actually relatively few recent papers dealing with human race, precisely because it doesn't make sense. The field of human evolutionary genetics isn't that big to begin with. Also, actually read the rejection, instead of hypothesising about it. The scientific community specifically objected to his misrepresentation of the concept of race.
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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@JonathonWisnoski It’s not really an “opinion” (which evokes subjectivity) whether the results were misrepresented or not. And citing the author isn’t an appeal to authority at all — I’m taking a shortcut by deferring to her professional judgement, not appealing to her authority in unrelated matters (that would be an appeal to authority). To claim that Wade’s and Tishkoff’s interpretation of the results are equally valid is laughable: one knows the field and in particular the intricacies of how the results were derived, the other one has at best a cursory acquaintance with them.
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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@JonathonWisnoski You are (intentionally?) inverting the numbers here. The vast majority of experts who have spoken out on the subject reject the concept of race in humans as meaningless. See the response to “A troublesome inheritance”. To claim that “the scientific community … has not rejected ‘race’”, in the context of human race, is flat out wrong. These are also not opinions but simple facts (although there’s a bit about how differences in definitions, which vary to some extent, although none is consistent with racism).
Jun
26
comment Now that Facebook is a PLC does this change the privacy of your profile contents
@Shadur They don’t get away with it though. What they do is illegal, and such actions are prosecuted.
Mar
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comment Is the video of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis showing a middle finger fake?
@Housemeister I agree that you provided ample context. You simply misunderstand and/or misrepresent fundamentally what is being said: you claim that this states that the video is not faked. This is false, the passage does not state that at all.
Mar
22
comment Is the video of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis showing a middle finger fake?
@Nobody I don’t have a video proving the middle finger a fake, though. I have a video suggesting strongly that the non-finger video is a fake, but it’s entirely conceivable that Böhmermann planted that as well, to sow confusion — so it’s far from definitive proof. Video analysis can only get us so far. And a statement from Böhmermann would obviously only convince me if he disavowed his previous claims, i.e. if he admitted that the finger wasn’t fake.
Mar
22
comment Is the video of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis showing a middle finger fake?
@Panda Yes but (a) he didn’t deny the prank as far as I know (anything he said was before the prank was made public) and (b) even if he did, that’s much less convincing than if he admitted the prank. (That said, there are better video analyses than the ones linked here, which show that the finger-less video is faked.)
Mar
21
comment Is the video of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis showing a middle finger fake?
@Nobody Which goes to show why we do not allow original research as a source on this website: this analysis doesn’t convince me in the least. The only things convincing me either way would be either (a) Böhmermann admitting that the fake was a fake, or (b) somebody official from the festival admitting that they were in cahoots with Böhmermann and uploaded the faked version.
Mar
21
comment Is the video of Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis showing a middle finger fake?
@Housemeister You are right, it’s not ambiguous at all, but you are taking it falsely out of context. Böhmermann is not saying that the video used by Jauch is undoctored, he’s merely saying that Jauch didn’t doctor it. In fact, he’s contradicting you directly afterwards. Your whole answer is taking statements out of context to make a point: Varoufakis later disowned his previous statement, and reaffirmed his claim of fakery.
Jan
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comment Is it harmful to your eyes to read in dim light?
@Falco The problem with that logic is that it assumes that holding a book very close is bad for your eyes. And it likewise isn’t. It’s a shame that the reference I cite doesn’t go into more detail, but in fact this is already subsumed under the same explanation. Straining your eyes in general does not harm eyesight permanently. See the related question, which is linked above, at the top of the page.
Nov
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comment Is Lamarckian evolution still considered credible?
@M.Herzkamp I’ve never heard it being described this way, it’s nonsense. “Lamarckism” is being thrown around like crazy recently but that’s all just to make the research sound more controversial than it is. There’s nothing Lamarckian to it because, as I’ve described in my answer, Lamarckism simply does not meaningfully apply to single-celled organisms. And CRISPR/Cas9 isn’t even unique in helping acquire traits: normal lateral gene transfer via plasmids has the same effect.
Nov
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comment Is standing near Lake Karachay for an hour fatal?
On that subject, I would trust Wikipedia over almost anything else. Every general-purpose source of information, certainly. It’s repeatedly been shown to be more reliable than any other such source.
Aug
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comment Is race a discredited scientific concept in biology?
@SigmaX This has been studied by – amongst others – Sarah Tishkoff and published in Science. It’s worth nothing that her research has been misrepresented by Nicholas Wade (and others) as support for the race concept. To which she, along with other evolutionary biologists, has replied, explicitly rejecting this interpretation.
Aug
12
comment Did Russian hackers obtain billions of passwords?
@Ladadadada He’s a special advisor of Holden Sec: holdsecurity.com/about/advisory-board – As a special advisor he’s probably not paid by them (otherwise he would be lying) but he’s definitely got a vested interest in their success. More information about this (and generally relevant to this question) here: youarenotpayingattention.com/2014/08/08/…
Aug
12
comment Did Russian hackers obtain billions of passwords?
@Ladadadada It should be noted that Brian Krebs has a financial stake in the matter so he isn’t impartial.
Aug
10
comment Does a fish pedicure do any good?
@Lola No, they “cover” it as in, they pay for the treatment. They’re a health insurance, not a liability insurance.