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Graduated with a B.S. in Biology, Minors in Chemistry and English Literature from the University of Utah.


Jun
20
answered Carbon Monoxide and High-Oxygen-Affinity Varieties of Hemoglobin
Jun
15
revised Can botulinum toxin be grown or kept from denaturing in an UNWRAPPED 50 pound hay bale?
Elaborated and clarified myself.
Jun
15
answered Can botulinum toxin be grown or kept from denaturing in an UNWRAPPED 50 pound hay bale?
Jun
15
comment How are minerals formed by biological processes?
@daniel - Sorry, yes.
Jun
15
comment Is the sense for salt depending on the electrolyte level in our body?
@try-catch-finally - Regular "taste" is depolarization. For sodium that simply involves the influx of the ions over the cell membrane of the taste buds, and that will cause a depolarization without other mechanisms. That happens when you eat something with Sodium, regardless of what you taste. Taste is left up to interpretation in the brain, and the brain is great at ignoring stuff that doesn't really matter. If the drink tastes less salty, it wouldn't be the mechanism occurring - but it would be the mechanism occurring less often, or just as often but less noticed.
Jun
15
comment Is the sense for salt depending on the electrolyte level in our body?
@try-catch-finally - ;-) The desensitization is one potential reason. Subjective occurrences are pretty difficult to pin down. It could be short term desensitization, or your brain could simply be paying more attention to other ingredients (water) after such a long workout. If it's within a few hours then it's probably an attention modification - de/sensitization can work on that short a time scale, but not usually. I would say that the phenomenon is not related to your thesis. I'll add another comment.
Jun
14
answered Is the sense for salt depending on the electrolyte level in our body?
Jun
14
answered How are minerals formed by biological processes?
Jun
12
comment Can botulinum toxin be grown or kept from denaturing in an UNWRAPPED 50 pound hay bale?
It's been a long time since I knew the ins and outs of botulinum toxin, but I do seem to recall that it's pretty resilient. Botulism is pretty distinct as far as symptom progression. I'll see if I can do more research and return.
Jun
8
comment How much vanilla will kill a person?
@Mario - People overdose on alcohol all the time. Now sugar or water... yeah. Wiki says "pure" extract would be about 35% alcohol and at least 100g of beans per gallon. So drinking an entire gallon of the stuff might be lethal for most people who weighed 65kg or less from the Vanilla. There'd be approximately 1.32L of alcohol - or about 1000g, also enough to probably kill somebody who weighed 150kg or less. They'd be killed by the alcohol before the vanilla.
Jun
8
comment Why does low temperature make RuBP, GP and TP concentrations fall in Calvin cycle?
Enzymes don't universally reduce their catalytic ability when the ambient temperature is lower. Some will be affected more than others. You could probably look up the KM values with relation to temperature if you're curious.
Jun
8
comment How much vanilla will kill a person?
@Mario - The LD50 Rat oral for Ethanol is 7g/kg. Surprisingly, the vanillin is deadlier.
May
29
comment Why can't intermediate filaments be used as tracks by motor proteins?
Just a guess: the IF doesn't have directionality. It would be like a single-lane, but two-way road.
May
12
reviewed Close How does one verbally convey the equation used to describe the Förster distance of a donor and acceptor molecule?
May
12
reviewed Close Advantages of bisexual reproduction over asexual one toward species promotion?
May
12
reviewed Close Infering the statistical tests performed in a paper
May
12
reviewed Close Ammonia smell after physical exercise? What is the explanation?
Apr
6
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Tool for nucleotide alignment with all nucleotide codes (e.g. R, Y, W, S, etc.)?
Mar
17
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How much of your stock solution should you take to make the 1000 cells/mL mixture?
Feb
4
comment Can nature create codes and specified complexity?
The problem here is: How do you define nature? At what step is something "Natural" as opposed to "Divine"? Is there a difference the further down you go?