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January Weiner

is an evolutionary biologist and bioinformatician; the author of almost 100 scientific papers (though as he himself admits, not all of them were outstanding). He’s currently conducting research on tuberculosis at one of the Max Planck Institutes in Germany. In his free time, he writes a blog called “Biokompost”.

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We Are All Colonies

We Are All Colonies
The Immune System in Action

Magazine / science
The immune system is both complex and rich; a collection of specialized cells that work together to defend our bodies from viruses and bacteria. January Weiner
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The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!

The World Is Dead, Long Live the World!
A Phanerozoic Explosion of Life

Magazine / science
Approximately 541 million years ago, the Cambrian Period began. With it came an explosion of life, never before seen in the history of the world. January Weiner
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Genetic Marginalia. Can We Really Inherit Memories? ♫

Genetic Marginalia. Can We Really Inherit Memories? ♫

Media / Audio
The genome is like a cookbook; an old one with stains and notes in the margins. A biologist describes the fascinating discoveries of epigenetics. Original publication by January Weiner.
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The World’s Oldest Doctor
healthy living

The World’s Oldest Doctor
The Power of the Placebo Effect

Magazine / science
The efficacy of medical treatments can be influenced by many factors. Our correspondent details the success of the placebo effect, and the importance of double-blinding. January Weiner
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Genetic Marginalia

Genetic Marginalia
Can We Really Inherit Memories?

Magazine / science
The genome is like a cookbook; an old one with stains and notes in the margins. A biologist describes the fascinating discoveries of epigenetics. January Weiner
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Spurious Savannas

Spurious Savannas
The Naive Assumptions of Evolutionary Psychology

Magazine / science
Evolutionary psychology often provides simple explanations that ignore the effects of culture on human behaviour. Our correspondent explores one of science’s more spurious branches. January Weiner
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Ghoti in the Machine

Ghoti in the Machine
The Replication Crisis in Science

Reading / science
Replicability is a cornerstone of scientific research, but is often lacking from studies. Our correspondent explores the replication crisis, with the help of a dead salmon. January Weiner