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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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Apr
12
answered relative-rate of evolution
Apr
12
comment Does Science Say That We Should Die?
-1 because this answer is riddled with inaccuracies and plain old errors. 1) Apoptosis is not relevant to the death of individuals of multicellular species. 2) You don't even mention telomere shortening which is actually relevant 3) Cancer cells are not immortal because they ignore apoptotic signals, that's part of it but does not confer the ability to replicate indefinitely (telomeres again). 4) What does genetic drift have to do with anything? 5) How would an immortal creature spontaneously evolve? There would be no selection for mutations occurring during the individual's life.
Apr
12
revised Why do three nucleotides code for one amino acid? Why not 5 nucleotides?
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Apr
12
answered Evolution: How could all useful traits evolve simultaneously?
Apr
11
comment Did the eugenics program in Nazi Germany have a measurable effect?
I really doubt that any effect would be visible in a single generation. We'd need data to back that up but I would be surprised if any difference is observable.
Apr
10
comment How the lungs clear themselves?
@Anixx of course you do, try going into a dusty room and breathing deeply, you will sneeze or cough.
Apr
9
answered Why are there ecosystems?
Apr
9
revised What makes teeth feel sticky after drinking Coca-Cola?
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Apr
9
revised Do people often blow out the air from their lungs a lot when living in the cold condition to keep their lungs warm?
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Apr
9
revised What are the longterm effects of pancreatitis?
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Apr
9
revised Which hormones/factors affect Calcium absorption in the small intestine and its regulation?
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Apr
9
revised Can we use Acetyl Phosphate instead of Acetyl CoA in TCA?
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Apr
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revised Was the mitochondrion or chloroplast first?
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revised Was the mitochondrion or chloroplast first?
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Mar
31
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Mar
28
comment Burns' “To a mouse” - what species of mouse?
Very much, thanks! Deleting my previous comments. Off topic but which word actually refers to grain?
Mar
28
comment DNA of the human body?
+1 fingers are a very good example. By the way, for future reference, you can choose between the full size image, a medium one or a small one by adding m and s respectively before the .png in the URL of the image uploaded to imgur.
Mar
28
revised DNA of the human body?
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Mar
28
comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@LotusBiology Whatever your own positions are, the arguments you are presenting in this answer are based on several assumptions that are quite frankly wrong. Whether you believe them or not is another matter but they are classic examples of the type of question that arises when people have been influenced by the kind of pseudoscience of which the video you linked is an example. I'm not about to watch an hour of that drivel, but for example, evolution does not attempt to give an answer to how life originated, only to what happens after it has arisen.
Mar
28
comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@LotusBiology so? We are two different people giving different answers, what's your point? Anyway, while there are errors at the cellular level, where the copied DNA is not identical to the template, there are no "errors" in the evolutionary level. The term carries a certain implication and it was that implication I wanted to avoid. As far as evolution is concerned, there are no errors, only changes.