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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
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
Dec
4
comment The number of nipples (breasts) a species has?
Heh, never thought of that. I would guess the size of the brood is the determining factor.
Dec
3
revised Could someone clearly define what a gene variant is with an example
pet peeve, code FOR or encode (no for)
Dec
3
comment Evolutionary Cell Structuring
@ChrisCooney if this answered your question, please mark it as accepted so the question can be marked as answered.
Dec
2
comment Do animals suffer from “Human” mental disorders?
Having an animal model of a disease does not prove that animals can have the same symptoms. An animal model will have the same chemical imbalances, that does not, however, necessarily mean that it will have the same psychological manifestations of said imbalances. It might, but there is no proof.
Dec
2
reviewed Leave Open Protein Structure Statistics
Dec
2
reviewed Leave Open Calculation of saturation of carbon in surface waters
Dec
2
comment Why, specifically, does each generation, on average, improve upon the design of the species rather than degrade it?
+1 for a good answer, +2 for mentioning Wallace.