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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.


Oct
13
comment Number of genes required to sustain life
Interesting question, but you'll need to define needed as well. There are lists of essential genes, those whose loss is deleterious (at least in yeast). If you are looking for the theoretical minimum possible in an imaginary organism, that is a different matter.
Oct
13
comment What to do with a DNA sequencer?
You might want to narrow that down a little. What kind of equipment do you have access to (apart from the sequencer)? How much time would you have for this project? Do you plan to do this alone or will there be a teacher to help?
Oct
12
comment Is an egg living or non living?
Yes, an egg is a living thing. It is a cell. A fried egg is a dead thing. See my answer here.
Oct
12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why do ladybugs have a different number of points on their backs
Oct
11
revised Do apes and humans share 99% of DNA or 99% of genes? What is the difference?
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Oct
11
comment Would it be correct to state that any biological difference between the sexes has to be found in the Y chromosome?
@Chris why would the answer be yes? See Amroty's answer below and also consider that very few traits are monogenic. I see no reason to expect such differences between the sexes to be confined to the sex chromosomes.
Oct
11
revised Would it be correct to state that any biological difference between the sexes has to be found in the Y chromosome?
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Oct
10
comment Is love biologically useful?
Also, depending on what exactly you mean by love, the exact opposite may be true. Those who reproduce promiscuously, for example, will be the most selected.
Oct
10
answered What are artifacts in microbiology?
Oct
10
answered Phenoptosis, behavior evolved for good of species?
Oct
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Lizards are sometimes called cold-blooded because they depend on their surrounding temperatures to keep them warm.
Oct
9
revised Genetically speaking, are dogs exactly similar to humans and chimps both?
chimps are NOT monkeys
Oct
8
revised Treatments to open stucked sarcomeres in muscles like massage?
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Oct
8
comment Natural selection and the Galapagos Islands
Dunno, depends on who eats more. Perhaps both would have diversified into different species or one of the two would have gone extinct, or both or whatever. We have no way of knowing what would have happened.
Oct
7
comment Will a garter snake eat unusual prey if made to smell like something normal?
Probably, try it and let us know.
Oct
7
comment The probability of indirect human fertilization (follow-up)
Not impossible though, see my answer here :).
Oct
7
answered The probability of indirect human fertilization?
Oct
6
comment Yellow/Orange Fungus on Oak Tree
@losthorse please edit your question to add exra information rather than put it in the comments where it is easily overlooked.
Oct
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Yellow/Orange Fungus on Oak Tree
Oct
6
comment Yellow/Orange Fungus on Oak Tree
Please mention when and where the picture was taken. Also ask around you neighborhood in case anyone is missing a brain, just in case ;).