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


Nov
30
answered Modern immunology textbooks
Nov
30
comment How is deviated nasal septum related to cold
Question: What makes you think it's the deviated septum instead of different cold strains?
Nov
15
comment Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium problem
This is pretty much what I was getting as well, and I couldn't figure out how to get the 43.52%.
Nov
12
answered Homework : Sodium Potassium pump
Nov
12
answered Is the Michael Jackson skin pigmentation disease realistic?
Nov
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Difference in length of Okazaki fragments
Nov
9
answered Will I grow taller? How can i tell?
Nov
4
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Why is ATP the preferred choice for energy carriers?
Nov
4
revised Why is ATP the preferred choice for energy carriers?
fixed grammar and used more formal language.
Nov
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Oct
30
comment How is it proved, that antediluvian people didn't live for hundreds of years?
@SuzanCioc - The problem is that without some basic assumptions the current scientific understanding can't actually answer your question. What is possible is significantly different from what is supported. If you have questions regarding a specific data type - like morphology or genetic data - then you'd get a more specialized and more detailed response. Simply saying "We weren't there so how can we know for sure?" is sort of like trying to prove I'm human and not a computer program despite only communicating online. ;-) In order for things to function, basic things must be assumed 'true'.
Oct
30
answered How is it proved, that antediluvian people didn't live for hundreds of years?
Oct
24
comment Human evolution: Where *exactly* did the first human come from, whose parents were not?
@Jim - I didn't call them our ancestors. I called them our 'closest evolutionary cousins' as the species we evolved from are now extinct (although they did use tools as well - but we've known that for some time).
Oct
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on uv tag wiki excerpt
Oct
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on quantitative-genetics tag wiki
Oct
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on quantitative-genetics tag wiki excerpt
Oct
14
comment Presence of MHC on red blood cells
@Biogirl - They can be if they have the wrong blood-type or Rh factor.
Oct
14
comment Number of genes required to sustain life
Since RNA is the presumed precursor to DNA and might have sustained life before DNA evolved, do RNA counterparts count?
Oct
14
comment What is a “pure odorant”?
@JohnC - There may not have been a very good reason. They wanted something with a unique smell that was cheap, and Peanut Butter was probably a convenient option. More important than the smell is the caveat that the lack of smelling abilities found in the study can be attributed to more than just Alzheimer's. It's a quick and dirty early signal, but it also has a pretty high false-positive rate.
Oct
13
comment What is a “pure odorant”?
@JohnC - More or less. Peanut Butter has a unique scent and is readily available. Using purified Limonene would work, as I'm sure there's a nerve profile for Limonene - but the purified product isn't readily available. The benefit of Peanut Butter is specificity. It's a known scent (to people in countries that like peanut butter), and a unique scent that's instantly identifiable. You could confuse oranges with limes or lemons by scent, but a healthy person will always recognize peanut butter as peanut butter. It tests sense of smell and cognitive function simultaneously.