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The logarithms you mention (and others) are all used in biology, some more often than others, and their frequency of use differ between subfields of biology. However, if the authors haven't stated clearly what they use in their paper, you cannot say for certain what is being used. There are no strong conventions that I know of, but from my experience loge ...


There is a reason for prevalent usage of log2 and log10 compared to loge in biology and other experimental sciences. Usually while doing measurements we are generally interested in fold changes and we generally talk in the sense of two-fold (or multiples of two) or ten-fold. Doubling is a common phenomenon at least in case of growth and so a two-fold change ...

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