Science, discussed.

Synthetic biology, what are you?

“Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering.” That’s the first sentence in Wikipedia’s article on synthetic biology. While this sounds simple enough, it has huge implications. Biology as a science … Continue reading

18/03/2017 · Leave a comment

Data mining & image-based phenotyping: The fight against plant disease

Current predictions for food security in the year 2050 look pretty dire to be honest. If the global population reaches the forecasted ~9 billion, then our overall food production will somehow … Continue reading

02/02/2017 · Leave a comment

Beyond the STEM pipeline

I haven’t written a post in a long time. Also I have struggled a lot on what to write and how to talk about it. But I have finally settled … Continue reading

26/01/2017 · Leave a comment

One assembly standard to rule them all?

Do you remember, what you have been doing in 2003? I was 14, hanging out in a German High School and having a lot of different things in my mind … Continue reading

12/12/2016 · Leave a comment

Authors Contribution Statement: Essential or Redundant?

More than a year ago, I asked Twitter what people thought of the Authors Contribution Statement on scientific papers. Science Publishing Survey: How much do you value the ‘Authors Contribution’ … Continue reading

25/09/2016 · Leave a comment

Change accelerates stalled evolution

Evolution can get stuck. When no mutations are available that can improve the fitness of an organism, evolution cannot proceed. However, using environmental fluctuations that are ubiquitous in nature, evolution … Continue reading


The STEM pipeline as a an analogy and why it is problematic

So, for the last few weeks I have been thinking on the concept of the STEM pipeline as a descriptor of science career and why I think this is problematic. … Continue reading

22/10/2015 · 2 Comments

Poll: Have dissertations outlived their usefulness in science?

Several friends of mine have been recently finishing their Ph.D. dissertations, which of course were the cause of much stress: they tend to be quite long (100+ pages usually) and … Continue reading

15/07/2015 · 12 Comments

Rate of protein evolution is determined by functional importance and constraints.

After the evolution of DNA sequencing technologies, recording genotype on a large scale has become possible and ever so cheaper too. The the large influx of genomics data resulted in booming research in … Continue reading


Discovering genetic variants from de novo assembly of high-throughput sequencing

High-throughput sequencing is dominating genetics research (and a lot of biotech) because of its speed, low cost, and the resulting abundance of data.  But it still has some major shortcomings.  … Continue reading

02/05/2015 · Leave a comment


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