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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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Dec
20
revised Standard Classification of Disease
added 3 characters in body
Dec
20
answered Standard Classification of Disease
Dec
20
comment What is the life span of southern versus northern animals?
What makes you think there will be a difference? Animals that exist on both hemispheres will have similar habitats and, presumably, similar living conditions. Why would there be any difference at all?
Dec
19
comment Why temporal lobe is called temporal?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about etymology, not biology.
Dec
19
comment Why temporal lobe is called temporal?
This is a very interesting question but unfortunately off topic here since it is about the etymology of an English word and has nothing really to do with biology. Voting to close (would be a perfectly good question to post on English Language & Usage though).
Dec
19
comment Autoimmunity and central tolerance
Could you clarify a bit? What do you mean by important? Most problematic? Most relevant? I assume the body you refer to is the human one?
Dec
19
comment How likely is it that Earth has millions of different species?
@Susan, actually found in many species, encoded by repetitive elements like LINES and ERVs etc but in none of them is it used to drive the expression of native protein coding genes nor does it change the fact that the flow of information is from genotype to phenotype via RNA: DNA->RNA->protein.
Dec
18
comment How likely is it that Earth has millions of different species?
@Chris absolutely, I agree. I just didn't want to use it as an argument (though I would if debating another biologist) since there are actually some differences.
Dec
18
comment How likely is it that Earth has millions of different species?
@Chris well, there are actually at least 20 different genetic codes (granted they don't change that much) so I did not want to use that one. Good point on DNA->RNA->Protein though.
Dec
18
answered How likely is it that Earth has millions of different species?
Dec
18
comment Organisms as potential Bio-Weapons?
I would say by far the most worrying potential is that of H.sapiens sapiens.
Dec
15
comment How come most animals never seem to evolve over millenia?
-1: you make a strange claim about canines with no supporting evidence or references and your point about humans is very unclear. Why would humans be inter or in breeding more than other species and what mkaes you think that is relevant in any case?
Dec
10
revised Identifying the inheritance pattern
fixed a typo and removed thanks, thanks are implied on SE
Dec
10
revised Has Colony Collapse Disorder (or its equivalent) been noted in other species?
grammar
Dec
9
comment Question about DU variant and HIV
@biogirl yes, but the OP is asking about the prevalence of different viral strains in different geographical regions.
Dec
9
answered Static in limbs
Dec
6
comment What are some examples of genes that code for multiple proteins?
Are you talking about post-transcriptional modification or do you mean alternative splicing?
Dec
4
revised Haidinger's brush: Is this a by-product of the eye's physics, or are there any evolutionary grounds for it?
typo
Dec
4
reviewed Reject suggested edit on immunology tag wiki
Dec
4
comment Cats, Dogs and Bears - how are they related?
You'll like this: tolweb.org/tree