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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.

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Nov
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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.
Oct
29
comment What is the definition of “dry weight” and “dry cell weight”?
Why would dry cell weight be different?
Oct
29
revised What is the definition of “dry weight” and “dry cell weight”?
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Oct
28
comment Competition for mates in sea horses
All I am saying is that competition is not related to polygyny or polyandry. Please edit your question so you ask what you actually want to know.
Oct
28
comment Competition for mates in sea horses
Whether they compete or not is one thing, polyandry and polygyny refer to the number of mates per individual. I think you are asking whether males or females compete for mates and display secondary sexual characteristics. That is not necessarily related to polygamy of either sex. The two sources disagree on whether the males or the females compete for mates, my guess is that both do but I don't really know. Interesting question but not related to polyandry or polygyny.
Oct
28
revised How does a fungus protect itself from digestion by other fungi?
edited title
Oct
28
comment Competition for mates in sea horses
Are you sure you want to ask about polyandry and polygyny? How do the sources you quote touch on the number of mates per individual?
Oct
28
comment What is Luc Montagnier's research on electromagnetic signals from DNA about?
@TomD Ah, so I did, and yes, I misunderstood you again. Sorry, we seem to be saying the same thing I just failed to see it. Apologies :).
Oct
28
comment What is Luc Montagnier's research on electromagnetic signals from DNA about?
@TomD I know, it just annoys me that people take notice just because someone has done good work in the past. Work should be judged on its merits, not the laurels of the scientist involved. What claims did McClintock make by the way? As far as I know her (wonderful) early papers were scientifically sound, people ignored her because transposons sounded weird and she was a woman. The work discussed here is shoddy, not because of their conclusions but because they have no data to support said conclusions.