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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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Nov
27
awarded  Custodian
Nov
27
comment Biodiversity is restricted by genome combinatorics?
@GriffinEvo There are 22 proteinogenic amino acids (including selenocysteine and pyrrolysine), not 20. Just playing the pedant here but I did my thesis on predicting selenocystein-containing genes so it's kind of a personal issue for me :).
Nov
27
revised Why, specifically, does each generation, on average, improve upon the design of the species rather than degrade it?
typo
Nov
27
revised Why, specifically, does each generation, on average, improve upon the design of the species rather than degrade it?
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Nov
27
answered Why, specifically, does each generation, on average, improve upon the design of the species rather than degrade it?
Nov
26
comment What makes alcohol harmful to mammals?
It wasn't a dupe before either, just figured you might be interested.
Nov
26
comment What makes alcohol harmful to mammals?
This answer gives a nice explanation of hangovers.
Nov
26
awarded  Fanatic
Nov
25
revised What is the difference between orthologs, paralogs and homologs?
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Nov
25
comment Could alcohol be used as an antibiotic?
@Linuxios that deserves a question (well, two actually), it's not really something that can be answered in 600 characters.
Nov
25
comment What is the most recent non-primate ancestors of humans?
Note that humans did not evolve from the tree shrews, both they and we share a common ancestor. See here for more.
Nov
24
revised Are there cannibalistic k-selectors?
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Nov
24
answered Are Italians genetically separated from other Europeans?
Nov
24
revised Are Italians genetically separated from other Europeans?
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Nov
24
comment Are Italians genetically separated from other Europeans?
Please don't ask many questions in a single post. Split them up into separate questions instead. I have removed the second question, please post it again separately.
Nov
24
revised What's a replicate line?
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Nov
24
comment What's a replicate line?
Or even a mention of what experiment they did, some context around the quote, anything really. Please edit your question to add more information, in the meantime I am voting to close as unclear.
Nov
22
asked What are these fleeting sea worms?
Nov
20
comment Identification of this plant?
Could you give an indication of its size? It is hard to judge with no reference. Also, when was the picture taken?
Nov
20
comment Why is there such an argument about evolution?
@yotiao absolutely none, it is not a premise that I hold to be true. However, if you do accept that god(s) exist, then it is to be expected that they don't conform to the laws of physics. If you believe in a creator(s), then you believe that they also created the laws of nature and, therefore, would expect them to be immune to those laws and cannot use these same laws to argue that they don't exist.