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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
10
revised Why don't fish groom each other?
added 130 characters in body
Nov
10
answered Why don't fish groom each other?
Nov
9
comment How to evolutionary explain menstrural cycles synchronization?
@Chris that's really interesting, I am aware of much anectodal evidence that suggests this is true. The wikipedia link you gave cites PMID:23480070 but I don't have access to it. Do you? Does it indeed confirm that it is a myth (the abstract suggests so but I don't know for sure)?
Nov
4
comment Local BLAST Copy Number per Hit
That depends on how you define a hit. Are we talking about homologous genes from different species? Multiple, slightly different copies of the same gene in a single genome? Multiple, identical copies of a single gene which is repeated in the database?
Nov
4
revised Local BLAST Copy Number per Hit
shorted awk and corrected typo
Nov
4
comment Why are the genomes of some trees so large?
+1. Another interesting point is that there is some evidence that the retrotranspositions of repetitive sequences such as Alu (which represents 10% of the human genome) are activated under conditions of cellular stress and can help shuffle the genome‌​, providing new variety.
Nov
4
answered Are all single-celled organisms Bacteria?
Nov
3
comment Do blind people learn Braille equally fast as the sighted?
I'm not sure this is on topic here. It sounds like it might be a better fit for Cognitive Sciences.
Oct
31
comment What is the difference between embryology and developmental biology?
@tel I know, that was just a tongue-in-cheek comment pointing out why not all of developmental biology can be called embryology.
Oct
31
comment What is the difference between embryology and developmental biology?
Do worms have embryos?
Oct
28
comment For how long can a raven stay airborne (a week or more)?
Quite apart from using a mythical story to ask a scientific question, I don't see what makes you think that the raven was flying around all that time. For all you know, and as seems more likely, it drowned. Could you edit your question, remove the biblical references and just ask something specific about an animal's behavior?
Oct
28
comment For how long can a raven stay airborne (a week or more)?
Ah, but is that an African or European pigeon?
Oct
27
revised How do the quantities of ATP formed during aerobic and anaerobic respiration compare?
Made the title useful, removed irrelevant text.
Oct
25
comment Are added yogurt cultures harmful to the gut?
I have no idea what you mean by synthetic bacteria but please don't equate synthetic with harmful and natural with healthy. The most dangerous substances we know are 100% natural. Consider, for example, rattlesnake venom, hydrochloric acid and plutonium.
Oct
24
revised Do male animals visually perceive females as more/less attractive?
extraneous comma
Oct
22
reviewed Approve suggested edit on HIV and effectiveness of inhibitor cocktail over single inhibitor
Oct
14
reviewed Satisfactory What is the mechanism of oxygen uptake in E. coli?
Oct
14
reviewed Excellent Help me Identify this Spider
Oct
14
reviewed Needs Improvement How to estimate the DNA density in human sperm head?
Oct
14
reviewed Satisfactory Can a single axon propagate multiple simultaneous action potentials?