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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
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
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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Feb
24
comment basic programming and bioinformatics
I'm not at all sure that R is slower than python. Both are interpreted scripting languages. C and Java are completely different.
Feb
24
answered PAH gene mutation
Feb
24
reviewed Leave Open PAH gene mutation
Feb
22
answered Why do we exhale after we hold our breath?
Feb
20
comment Why do mammals in the wild retain the “trait” of menstruating with blood?
Yes they do, most if not all mammals menstruate. Any dog owner can confirm this for example. Please research and try to answer your question before posting here. A 5 minute search for "mammal menstruation" for example would have answered it for you. If you want to know why that does not call in predators, edit your question accordingly.
Feb
20
comment Does adding milk to cereal make it harder for our body to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the cereal?
Do not migrate this to skeptics please. You've read it where? How does this apply when you're eating say a tomato, most of which consists of water. As do 90% of all foods you eat.
Feb
20
comment Phylogenetic tree
If you just want to check something, use the whole tree, you have all the information there. Just ignore the species you don't care about.
Feb
17
comment Sequence analysis software suites
TO do what? Please explain your actual requirements.