BREXIT: From a scientists point of view

As a scientist, mobility is part of our job. As a German national, I have lived in France to gain lab experience before going to the UK for my PhD and a short post-doc. The fact that I didn’t need work permits or visas made this a lot easier. Shockingly the UK has now optioned…

Reports of a universal cancer vaccine: too good to be true

To view this post in german click here/ Für die deutsche Version hier klicken: Headlines like “We’re fighting cancer with a universal vaccine” and statements such as “A vaccine could be developed which could be used against all cancers”  are what’s wrong with science journalism, because they are far from the truth hidden in this study published in Nature. When most people…

Becoming a better writer

I started this blog because I always liked to write and I wanted to see if this continues when I write more often. The lack of posts in recent months may seem like my interest is fizzling out – but to the contrary. To be more serious about science communication and writing I have been…

Zika und Mikrozephalie: Warum ein Kausalzusammenhang so schwer nachzuweisen ist.

To view this post in english click here/ Für die englische Version hier klicken: Der Zika-Virus dominiert noch immer die Nachrichten. Er soll mit einem Geburtsdefekt namens Mikrozephalie in Verbindung stehen. Die Krankheit führt zu unterentwickelten Gehirnen und kleineren Köpfen bei Neugeborenen, vor allem in Süd- und Mittelamerika. Es ist allerdings nicht so einfach einen…