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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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Jun
24
comment Why is »ß« substituted with »ss« rather than »sz«?
“Szene” is actually an interesting example since its original pronunciation (the one I learned in school) uses the same sound as “ß”. For whatever reason, it has very recently changed to the /s-z/ pronunciation.
May
25
awarded  Yearling
May
25
awarded  Yearling
Aug
26
comment Polite alternatives to “Grüß Gott”?
@harper Yes; that’s why I said “or ‘Moin’ in the north”.
May
25
awarded  Yearling
Apr
16
comment Is the title of the “Vincent will Meer” grammatically correct?
+1 for nice film & nice question.
Apr
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
1
awarded  Necromancer
Feb
20
answered When can the Sütterlin be expected to be understood?
Feb
20
comment Why is there a definite article precedent to a name?
@musiKk Which nicely highlights the issue: no matter the of regional differences, the version including article sounds like inarticulate baby-talk to people who are not used to it (as in: this is how people talk to small children).
Feb
10
comment What is the best German translation for the useful word “issue” when describing a problem?
Either way, this is a compound word! Meaning, you need to put a hyphen: “Save-as-XML-Problem”. I know lots of people omit it but they are wrong.
Jan
24
comment How to distinguish between a female friend and a girlfriend?
@Arthaey Oh but you sometimes do use “girl friend” in speech to distinguish the gender. You are right about stress but that is easily lost.
Dec
6
comment Ist ein Buchstabe eine Nummer?
@bitmask Guter Einwand. Die Definition, die der Duden für „Zahl“ gibt (habe ich oben in Antwort auf fzwo zitiert) ist besser als meine.
Sep
20
comment What is the appropriate capitalization of 'ß'?
@Takkat What do you mean, “valid”? The Duden doesn’t prescribe correct usage, it describes common usage. There are very few places where adherence to the Duden is required, but this is a thing between you and your employer.
Sep
20
answered What is the appropriate capitalization of 'ß'?
Jun
13
comment Ist ein Buchstabe eine Nummer?
@user: Ja, da hast Du recht. Buchstaben können Ziffern sein. Ich habe vereinfacht, da jede Ziffer ja auch gleichzeitig eine Nummer ist.
Jun
8
comment Milch? Milsh? Why the pronunciation difference?
Anecdote: a childhood friend of mine (native speaker) consistently pronounced “Milch” as /milʃ/ and “Fleisch” as /flaɪç/. That is, exactly the wrong way round. Apparently, this is rather common.
Jun
6
comment Ist ein Buchstabe eine Nummer?
@HendrikVogt Keine Ahnung. Ich würde mal behaupten, in einigen Personenkreisen ist das immer noch üblich. Allerdings eben Altphilologen.
Jun
6
comment How to distinguish between a female friend and a girlfriend?
The same problem (albeit less severe) exists in English, too: sometimes, “girl friend” (as opposed to “girlfriend”) is used, but sounds identical.
Jun
3
comment When is the last sound of a syllable unvoiced?
This also depends on dialect. There are quite a few people who would pronounce “Handlung” ['hantlunk] though this is clearly not standard German. And I’ve never heard “Objekt” pronounced [ɔp'jɛkt] (but rather always with a [b]!) but the pronunciation on duden.de agrees with yours.