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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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Apr
19
comment How do trees manage to grow equally in all directions?
@Amu There are, yes. I’ve forgotten the exact names though. If I remember correctly different types of auxins have different influence anyway.
Apr
19
comment What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
By the way, this doesn’t even touch on RNA-seq and ChIP-seq which technically are also sequence data results but with a twist.
Apr
19
comment How did viruses come to be?
Could you summarise in your answer perhaps? It’s preferred here to preferred here to provide links for further information and references, not as the sole point of the answer.
Apr
19
answered How do we know that dinosaurs were related to lizards and/or birds?
Apr
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
19
comment How do we know that dinosaurs were related to lizards and/or birds?
Well, all known organisms have a common ancestor. The question is whether dinosaurs and birds form a clade. There is very good evidence for that, way more than just “we found dinosaurs with feathers”.
Apr
19
answered How do trees manage to grow equally in all directions?
Apr
19
revised What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
Codon table
Apr
19
comment What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
Whoa, quite a complex question. I’ve tried to restrict my answer to a single example (not very successfully).
Apr
19
revised What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
added 1522 characters in body
Apr
19
answered What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
Apr
18
comment How To Avoid Macro-Evolution Confusion?
“They are not terms used by biologists” – that’s not true. They do have a biological meaning … which is of course distinct (but sufficiently similar to cause confusion) from what creationists mean, and has been around long before they started using the term. I try not to use the terms myself due to the confusion that has been engineered by creationists but some biologists do use them.
Apr
18
comment Can species back-evolve?
Since no answer mentions this explicitly, and since it is a very common misunderstanding: humans are not more complex than dogs evolutionarily. The word isn’t even well-defined in this context and no biologist has yet come up with a good enough definition.
Apr
18
comment What exactly are computers used for in DNA sequencing?
@leonardo Yes. The extreme case, one read which spans the whole genome. See the pattern? ;-)
Apr
18
comment What exactly are computers used for in DNA sequencing?
@leonardo That’s easy, in the second case not only do you have less reads (good), you also have longer ones (also good). Even though increasing read length increases computation time, it also increases the quality of the result. In the “worst” case you could just consider those reads as already-created contigs of several smaller overlapping reads.
Apr
18
answered What exactly are computers used for in DNA sequencing?
Apr
3
answered Robotic surgery for treating cancer?
Apr
3
comment Why do people dying of immune deficiency diseases appear sick?
This is arguing semantics. Viruses cause flu symptoms. That they cause them indirectly by way of several body reactions, some of them from the immune system, is just a way of viewing this. All actions and reactions in our body are mediated in some way or other. This doesn’t make them less real or causal.
Mar
15
awarded  Quorum
Mar
12
comment What are the various types of protein-protein interactions
Characteristics? They happen between proteins.