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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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Oct
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
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comment Did animals evolve from plants?
@KeithThompson Indeed, it does have these implications: There are potential hard-to-cross thresholds to higher life forms, which prevents their abundance in the Universe (and may help explain the Fermi paradox), but evolution of multicellularity is not one of them.
Jul
2
comment Did animals evolve from plants?
@Keith Ha! Actually, “Multicellularity has evolved independently at least 46 times …
May
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
23
comment How did the first sexual animal come to exist?
Actually your text already convinced me, concerning the number of times sex evolved (hence the edit).
Mar
23
comment How did the first sexual animal come to exist?
I’m not sure I would agree with “no brainer”. As far as I know, sexuality has only evolved once. Also, could you expand a bit on the heterogamy argument? In particular, wouldn’t the same apply to plasmids? Yet we don’t see anything particularly resembling sexual selection emerge from that. /EDIT: Your answer might actually contradict my first assertion (I should have read the full post first) – I’m still interested in an answer to the second.
Mar
23
comment How did the first sexual animal come to exist?
I’ve had to edit your answer, “just one theory” sounds a bit too similar to the “just a theory” creationist canard for comfort. I’m wary that it might feed the common misconceptions about what makes a scientific theory.
Mar
23
revised How did the first sexual animal come to exist?
theory => hypothesis
Feb
20
comment Aren't current explanations for the evolution of human cooperation a little too reductionist?
Inclusive fitness proponents will tell you that this explanation is completely wrong, by they way (without being an expert, I tend to agree).
Feb
16
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
15
revised What is the difference between naive and adjusted p-values in a GWAS study?
The p-value explanation was actually wrong.
Dec
26
comment Why has evolution made neurons use spiking?
You should read up on how neurons work. You admitted that you don’t know this, yet it directly answers your question.
Dec
24
comment Why it is rare for person to get infected with two Pathogens?
Your example is actually quite bad because the “common cold” is often an infection by several strains of viruses (and even bacteria) simultaneously.
Dec
21
comment Is light required for seed germination?
The riddle can be solved by realising that different plants have different requirements, and that some requirements are “soft” – i.e. not absolutely necessary but nevertheless beneficial. I’ll let somebody else with more knowledge provide a more in-depth answer – my comment wasn’t meant to imply that this is a bad question.
Dec
21
comment Is light required for seed germination?
Given that germination often happens underground, the answer seems trivially “no”, doesn’t it?
Dec
18
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Dec
7
comment How easy is it to carry out de novo sequence assembly?
tl;dr: It’s blood, sweat and tears. I haven’t been involved in this myself yet but I know people who are. Depending on the complexity of the genome, you’ll get tons (they got in the order of 1M) non-overlapping contigs.
Dec
5
awarded  Good Answer