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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
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.
Nov
7
comment Growing crops on the Moon
@Nathaniel I don't mean to bug you and you are, of course, welcome to leave the question as is. I am just pointing out that you are not making your point clear and that is reflected by the answer you have received and by the fact that you have already collected 3 close votes one each for unclear, too broad and primarily opinion based. Your call.
Nov
7
comment Which statement about phenotypic plasticity is false?
If you can change teachers, do. That is a horribly worded question and very unclear. You can make arguments that everything is false depending on how you interpret the terms used. IN any case, D is 100% false with all interpretations so if the "teacher" only wants one answer, choose that.
Nov
7
comment Growing crops on the Moon
@Nathaniel the specific issues imposed by the moon also include the details of lunar soil (different pH, lack of bacterial species and nutrients etc, see here), the lack of atmosphere both as a source of necessary gasses and as a filter for UV. Since you seem to be exclusively interested in the effects of a different day/night question, I suggest you restrict your question to that.
Nov
7
comment Are wild cats the same species as house cats?
@JimThio you are attaching way too much importance to the ability to interbreed. Donkeys can breed with horses, as can zebras, tigers can breed with lions, and various other feline combinations are also possible. The ability to interbreed is not suffiecient to describe a species. In fact, defining what makes a species is still the subject of many PhD theses.
Nov
6
revised Which statement about phenotypic plasticity is false?
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Nov
6
answered Whole genome amino acid composition tool?
Nov
6
comment Do bigger animals have more testosterone?
Lions are more vicious than humans? What makes you think that? We are far more aggressive and violent than lions. Also, you may be surprised at how vicious and aggressive certain snakes and many insects are. Not to mention viruses which are little packets of aggression and little else. Finally,consider some extremes, the blue whale is the largest living animal and it is far far less aggressive than, say the praying mantis.
Nov
6
comment Growing crops on the Moon
I suggest you rephrase your question to remove the reference to the moon. The obvious answer is that artificial light can be used and controlled so there is no reason why growing crops on the moon would be affected by its day/night cycle. Consider that if we have bases on the moon, we will already have lighting and the expense will be negligible compared to everything else necessary to make that possible. The question you are asking is how plants can/could adapt to different day/night cycles and it is a very interesting question but mentioning the moon distracts from it and confuses the issue.
Nov
6
answered How to learn molecular biology through pubmed research articles?
Nov
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Oct
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Oct
30
comment Terminology question about the correct term for areas of biological research
Both sound fine to me, yeah.
Oct
30
comment Why do humans find baby animals cute?
You might find this interesting.
Oct
30
comment New GO terms after TopGO enrichment?
You seem to have answered your own question with that comment. Is everything clear now? Do you understand why the parents appear?
Oct
30
comment Terminology question about the correct term for areas of biological research
In this case, I would say sequence identification or RSS sequence prediction or promoter prediction. It is just the sequence prediction I object to.
Oct
29
comment What is the definition of “dry weight” and “dry cell weight”?
@becko heating until further heating does not result in a reduction in weight. Basically, until all the water has evaporated.
Oct
29
comment Terminology question about the correct term for areas of biological research
I would avoid using the term sequence prediction. You don't predict sequences, you identify them. Predicting would be giving me a likely RSS sequence for an organism you haven't analyzed and I doubt that is what you're doing. You may be predicting RSSs or genes or promoters but not sequences.
Oct
29
answered What is the definition of “dry weight” and “dry cell weight”?
Oct
29
comment Are there any types of cancer that cause neurons to divide?
@nico pinging you cause you seem to be our resident neuro person. Surely it's not true that neurons don't divide after birth! They don't divide after a certain age but that's a good few years after birth isn't it? I thought it was after adolescence.