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

I’m mainly working on genomics using next-generation sequencing data. My current thesis project is about the regulation of tRNA expression in mammals.

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Apr
4
comment If the viewable part of lightning goes from the ground up, why does it look like lightning goes from the sky down?
“it is clear …” – not really. What you’re seeing there is not the lightning. The lightning comes at the very end, and it’s indeed from the bottom up.
Apr
4
comment Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?
@DJClayworth But that is the default: Here, I have to show evidence before I am declared not guilty. Until that moment I’m assumed guilty.
Mar
28
comment What is the five-year failure rate for condom-usage?
@Oddthinking I accept your argument but I’d like to point out that statistics text books (at least the ones I know) are a bit different in that regard: since an important goal of these books is sharpening people’s ability to assess uncertainty in real life, they tend to choose examples carefully and realistically (many of them are real case studies).
Mar
28
comment What is the five-year failure rate for condom-usage?
@Oddthinking The claim is that the seven-year (and by extrapolation, using the same reasoning, five-year) condom failure rate is > 1/2. The claim is published in a book. Is that not enough for notability? Similar claims can be found online.
Mar
28
comment Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?
@Articuno That is still vague (what is sufficient? Open to interpretation!) and that is my whole point. As for whether a sworn statement constitutes evidence for this purpose, we'd have to get a lawyer to provide the relevant reference. Either way the other answer is wrong because it conflated "and" with "or".
Mar
28
comment Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?
@MMM “if the contrary is not proved” and the accused has provided “sufficient evidence of that fact”. There are a lot of negations in the formulation, making it hard to parse. But in formal logic the statement is something like (evidence for ¬key) ∧ ¬¬(evidence for ¬key) ⇒ ¬key, where “key” means “is in possession of key” … in other words, there is evidence for “has no key”, and there is no evidence for the contrary (= no evidence for not “has no key” = no evidence for a key).
Mar
27
comment Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?
@MMM The claim is certainly paranoid, but it’s not quite as clear cut as made out in the answer. The conjunction used is “and”, not “or”: You need to show that you don’t have the key and the police must not be able to provide counter-evidence. This is much more vague and liable to abuse (how does one show that one is not in possession of the key?!) than the usual presumption of innocence, which has certainly been subverted here. The answer seems to be incorrect in claiming otherwise.
Mar
20
comment As seen in movies, is it medically sound to treat a bruise with raw meat?
Where does the myth come from, though? I think this predates Hollywood.
Mar
9
comment Have more people been killed by automobiles than by all wars combined?
Wars have been around much longer than cars. A more interesting question (to me) would be whether cars currently kill more people than wars.
Feb
19
comment Does breathing through one nostril affect the nervous system?
You (almost) always only breathe through one nostril.
Feb
10
comment Do fleas jump lower after being covered by lid? If so, do their offspring adjust to this lower height?
Forgive me, I’m dumb and I can’t read.
Feb
6
comment Does sneezing repeatedly lead to orgasm, or a similar sensation?
This statement is false. Source: I sneeze.
Feb
3
comment Is water that can be set on fire safe to drink?
@Jens That rather depends on the clubs. In the proper bars, burning drinks are very much frowned upon. ;-)
Jan
28
comment Are these claims about what reduces abortion correct?
I think B2 is implied by A1 and A2, and B1 would be implied by A4 (and vice-versa). Which basically leaves two claims: A4/B1 and B3.
Jan
27
comment Is the 500-mile email case true?
@Quassnoi Which is pretty darn close to c. It may change the details of the story but not the gist of it. These are probably all back-of-the envelope calculations anyway. I never took them for anything else.
Jan
26
comment Is the 500-mile email case true?
@Quassnoi Close enough. Very close.
Jan
20
comment Was there a last common ancestral species between humans and chimpanzees?
“humans and chimpanzees are related in an evolutionary sense” – no. All living species on Earth are related.
Jan
17
comment Did Charlie Chaplin write this letter to his daughter?
While it’s true that Charlie Chaplin rarely spoke in his films I think he had a rather better grasp of the English language than displayed in this letter.
Dec
29
comment Does animal experimentation delay results in medical research?
Seems to be an international phenomenon, at least one major German news paper (the “Zeit”) had a full-page vitriol filled pamphlet just before Christmas on this topic.
Dec
24
comment Is a billion dollar lobbying campaign primarily responsible for opposition to climate policy?
@Mark Examples are really easy to find and extensive. Here’s just one (Phil Plait, Michael Mann and Greenpeace have at other times also claimed this). Wikipedia has a more detailed report.