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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.


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
23
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
27
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
12
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
4
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
13
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.
Jul
28
comment Is gun control effective?
@Jasmine I don’t understand how you can come to this conclusion, given that my answer starts with this sentence: “ I don’t know how well a single case-study can be generalised, or applied in a different cultural setting.”
Jul
26
comment Is gun control effective?
@Jasmine (a) “The gun control pushers” are not a homogeneous group. (b) There is literally only one alternative to a buyback, if you prohibit guns which are currently in circulation: make all people possessing these guns felons. Nobody is suggesting this. By exclusion, people are arguing (implicitly) for a buyback (or maybe a non-reimbursed relinquishment, but I don’t think anybody honestly believes that could work).
Jul
25
comment Is gun control effective?
@Jasmine No. Your point is a pure straw man: A law without enforcement is irrelevant. For what it’s worth, I agree that the situation is fundamentally different in e.g. the US, and that a similar thing may well not work. But that isn’t fundamentally because gun control is ineffective (it can be, Australia shows that) but because there’s no easy way to implement it in a particular setting. So maybe we can meet on middle ground: gun control can be effective but it isn’t automatically so.
Jul
24
comment Is gun control effective?
@Jasmine The buyback enforced the law. Without the law there wouldn’t have been a buyback. I agree that a poorly implemented law obviously wouldn’t be effective, but that’s a rather boring point to make.
Jun
27
comment Are there signification health risks with long term use of headphones on a cellphone?
You can link to the source of these bogus claims, the BioInitiative Report, directly. That said, it’s not hard to find good sources which pick holes in the report.
Jun
17
comment Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?
@DJClayworth (1) It also doesn’t say anything about requiring to do so. This is at the least open to abuse, and at worst an open invitation to do so. (2) You are simply wrong, and I have stated so repeatedly. This also relates to (3): You have the logic wrong, and my interpretation is supported by others as well. The “sufficient evidence” is to show that you do not possess the key, not, as you allege, to show that you do possess the key.
Jun
4
comment Is domestic violence the leading cause of injury to women between ages of 15 and 44?
@DJClayworth To some extent, yes. I’m contending that this is a loaded question though. And so that we don’t misunderstand each other (as is wont in such discussions): I am not denying that we have a rampant sexism problem, and that (sexual) violence against women forms a big part of that. I do contend, though, that domestic violence should not be confounded with that.