Federico Germani

Federico is a passionate and enthusiastic geneticist and molecular biologist at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is the founder and director of Culturico. He brings awareness to the broad public of how the scientific publishing system works. He believes in multidisciplinary approaches, as opposed to narrow-minded – limited – ways of looking at reality. This is why he reads and writes about topics ranging from science to international relations, and from society to philosophy.

Federico Germani


Federico's articles:

What cell-to-cell communication teaches us about human society

Cells interact with each other in different ways, by direct contact or by releasing specific molecules to elicit a biological response in target cells. Communication between cells guarantees the successful functioning of the organism. In this article we analyze how this precise and successful cellular communication strategy differs from the way humans communicate in society, which may serve as an intimate explanation for our failures in functioning as a cooperative society.

Public Service Open Access (PSOA) is also not enough

This is a commentary article on a recent editorial published in Nature and authored by Adriano Aguzzi. He proposes a new idea – Public Service Open Access (PSOA) – to overcome problems related to “open access” publications, a format he calls “broken access”. I have some major concerns with this proposal.

The US and Russia want a weaker Europe: here’s why

The European Union is a supranational institution and political project that could become one of the world’s superpowers. However, its success is being undermined by the interests of the US and Russia, who wish to weaken the political stability of the union. Here we discuss why European cohesion causes headaches in Moscow and Washington D.C., and how the two superpowers are trying to deal with the increasingly strong presence of the European Union in international affairs.

The Swiss and their money: a story of prolonged exposure to wealth

Switzerland is among the wealthiest countries of the world, with a strong economy and a renowned banking system. Yet, the short Swiss Franc crisis in 2015 suggests that economic isolation may guarantee only short-term protection from crises, something the Swiss haven’t experienced in generations.

Greta Thunberg is turning revolutionary – and why this isn’t any good

After her first sensationalist speech at the COP24 in Katowice in 2018, Greta Thunberg has given another impressive speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. Although her speech is almost identical to her previous one, on this occasion she raised a stark voice of dissent and berated politicians. This move intends to place her as the paladin of a “green” revolution with the purpose of completely replacing the existing political class to drive policy change. Here we discuss the limitations – and the dangers – of this approach.

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