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Elected moderator on Unix & Linux. Feel free to @ping me in chat if there's anything I can help you with.

I am a computational biologist with a background in biology, not computers. My PhD work was on gene prediction and comparative genomics but my current research is in systems biology, specifically protein-protein interaction networks.

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Feb
27
comment How do we know that everybody's DNA fingerprint is unique?
@user13107 yes, that's why I used it.
Feb
27
comment How do we know that everybody's DNA fingerprint is unique?
Yes, the fact that they are highly variable. I don't have the numbers at hand but while it is theoretically possible for two DNA fingerprints to be identical, I would expect a similar or smaller probability of this than for "real" (let's call them digital) fingerprints.
Feb
26
comment Why does the slope of parent-offspring regression equals the heritability in the narrow sense?
Man, your questions always scare me :).
Feb
26
revised Why are cats attracted to catnip?
complete re-write to make the answer more on-topic
Feb
26
comment Does antibacterial soap work chemically?
How does "waiting a minute or two" as opposed to "scrubbing for a minute or two" change the time it will take you to shower? How long do you scrub for? Why in the world do you shower using antibacterial soap? Depending on the soap that can be dangerous and is almost certainly unnecessary and very likely counter productive.
Feb
26
revised Does antibacterial soap work chemically?
Improved grammar and removed irrelevant info about hair washing
Feb
26
revised Why do we exhale after we hold our breath?
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Feb
26
comment Explanation of the terms “downstream signaling” and “upstream signaling”
@AlanBoyd good point, done(ish). Thanks.
Feb
25
comment Do Asian women have more difficult births than Europeans?
There probably is but I have no idea. Still, less pain seems like easier labor to me. But then, I am neither an MD nor a woman, let alone a mother, so what do I know.
Feb
25
comment Are the 8 principal sugars in glycoproteins “essential sugars”?
Your main question can be answered by simply copy/pasting it into google. Did you try to research this before posting? I assume you did, so what is it that was unclear to you?
Feb
25
comment Do Asian women have more difficult births than Europeans?
Pure speculation: could this be related to the fact that Asian women tend to be smaller than Caucasians and would therefore have thinner hips which might make giving birth harder? Also, you might want to define "difficult labor", the first study you cite claims that Asian women had less pain, despite longer labor.
Feb
25
revised Ribosomal RNA amount in a Drosophila cell
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Feb
25
comment Ribosomal RNA amount in a Drosophila cell
OK, please edit your question to something like "I am extracting RNA using methodX, what percentage of extracted RNA will be ribosomal?" The percentages will also depend on the method used to extract the RNA.
Feb
25
comment Ribosomal RNA amount in a Drosophila cell
Percentage of what? Total cell mass/volume? Of total RNA moieties? Of total nucleic acids?
Feb
25
revised Is there any evidence of increased life expectancy for animal species?
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Feb
24
revised Explanation of the terms “downstream signaling” and “upstream signaling”
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Feb
24
comment comparing conventional phylogenetic tree to phylogenetic trees which are based on enzymes
We can't explain anything unless we see your tree and the one you are comparing to.
Feb
24
answered Explanation of the terms “downstream signaling” and “upstream signaling”
Feb
24
answered Is there any evidence of increased life expectancy for animal species?
Feb
24
revised Is there any evidence of increased life expectancy for animal species?
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