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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.


Nov
14
comment Praying Mantis (female) put sticky white stuff on wall of aquarium
Could you post a picture? It's impossible to say without one, for all we know it was chewing gum. Are you sure the mantis put it there? I take it she lives in an aquarium?
Nov
14
revised What will happen if we expose the brain to an intermittent light?
Added the caption and source of the image.
Nov
14
comment What determines the ion concentration in the body?
@tim I just did. Your question is still not clear though. The main difference between pumps and channels is that pumps are active and can pump up a concentration gradient while channels are passive and work by diffusion.
Nov
14
revised What determines the ion concentration in the body?
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Nov
14
comment DNA cloning with gateway primers
Please edit your question and use either comment or code blocks to fix the format. It is impossible to read at the moment.
Nov
13
revised Amphibian blood circulation
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Nov
13
comment What will happen if we expose the brain to an intermittent light?
What do you mean? Cutting open a skull and shining light into it? Why would the brain's cells be able to sense light? Even if they did, how could we possibly answer your question without knowing which areas of the brain you were illuminating?
Nov
13
comment Difference between Medical and Airport scanner radiation
@RamManoharM neither do any of the others. The OP just mentioned "medical scanners" not X-rays, which is one of the reasons why this is a very hard question to answer. As you point out, diffent scanners use different methods.
Nov
13
comment Difference between Medical and Airport scanner radiation
What medical scanner are you talking about? An X-Ray machine? Ultrasound? MRI? Immunoscintigraphy? Optical tomography?
Nov
12
revised Why is fructose not glucose the main energy source of sperm?
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Nov
12
revised Why is fructose not glucose the main energy source of sperm?
typo in title
Nov
12
comment Why insects are so small compared to mammals?
Fun: science.discovery.com/creatures/10-giant-bugs.htm
Nov
11
revised Telomere shortening during replication
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Nov
10
comment Body's decomposition
In vacuum for example?
Nov
8
comment Difference between CDS and cDNA
The CDS sequence is not identical to the cDNA sequence. That will only be the case for genes with no UTR regions.
Nov
8
answered Difference between CDS and cDNA
Nov
8
comment Transposons and the net amount of DNA
I'll have to find a reference before I can post an answer but I am pretty sure these will be independent processes in each cell. I would be fascinated to learn the opposite but I very much doubt it.
Nov
8
comment Are wild cats the same species as house cats?
@JimThio fileunderwater has given you an answer by the way. He cites a study that shows that they are not different species but one is a subspecies of the other.
Nov
7
comment Growing crops on the Moon
The question in the quote block is what plants are they growing in those greenhouses? which cannot be answered, there are too many ways of dealing with the various problems that lunar cultivation raises. You could have GM crops, airtight greenhouses, a terraformed moon, artificial gravity, unicellular chemosynthesizing algae, solar mirrors, artificial light, soil transferred from Earth, modified lunar soil, unmodified lunar soil with modified plants, the list goes on. What seems clear to someone outside the field can be very complex to experts who know more of the underlying complexity.
Nov
7
comment Growing crops on the Moon
@Nathaniel don't take it personally! You may well believe that your question is clear but if people do not understand what you are asking, then it is obvious that others do not agree. Various people have already suggested ways of clarifying and there is clearly an interest in your question which I, personally, hope will stay here and get a good answer. You know how the SE sites work,this kind of back and forth is normal. You are also combining many questions in one which is bad form on all SE sites.