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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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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@LotusBiology Whatever your own positions are, the arguments you are presenting in this answer are based on several assumptions that are quite frankly wrong. Whether you believe them or not is another matter but they are classic examples of the type of question that arises when people have been influenced by the kind of pseudoscience of which the video you linked is an example. I'm not about to watch an hour of that drivel, but for example, evolution does not attempt to give an answer to how life originated, only to what happens after it has arisen.
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@LotusBiology so? We are two different people giving different answers, what's your point? Anyway, while there are errors at the cellular level, where the copied DNA is not identical to the template, there are no "errors" in the evolutionary level. The term carries a certain implication and it was that implication I wanted to avoid. As far as evolution is concerned, there are no errors, only changes.
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@JackAidley I'm not sure that it is and I'm very sure that it shouldn't be. There are conflicting views, see Creationist "canard" refutation type questions? and Are questions about creationism or intelligent design on-topic here? and Just how (un)welcome is creationism here?. Please weigh in on one of these meta posts, I don't think there's true consensus yet. I think we should welcome such questions (as long as they are Good Questions®) and just shoot the
Mar
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revised What is the viability of Intelligent Design as a supplement to chemical abiogenesis and Darwinian Evolution?
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@fileunderwater yes, that is a very good point. I commented when this question was at -2 with 1) no explanation of why people downvoted 2) no attempts to edit it into shape (I have now tried to do so) 3) no suggestions on how to improve. Had this been on another subject, we would have done all three. I just don't want us to downvote only because we disagree with the views expressed. I feel that one of the most important things this site can accomplish is to refute pseudoscience and any creationist/ID advocate who's willing to post here deserves a good answer. Shoved down their throats.
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comment DNA of the human body?
@Jody I kind of figured that's what you were after :). You're very welcome.
Mar
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answered DNA of the human body?
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@adamwong246 again, that's completely besides the point. The Q&As here are not only for the OP and this is the same for all sites on the SE network. We aim to be a repository of useful information.
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@adamwong246 that's irrelevant. Remember that the SE sites are wikis and the information we give should not be aimed at the OP alone. The basic misconceptions here can be addressed, I've tried to do so in my answer. As I'm sure you know creationist and ID arguments tend to be ridiculously easy to shoot down, just like this one is. We should welcome the chance to do so in the hope that we might increase the understanding, if not of the OP, then of the next poor misguided soul who has fallen under the influence of pseudoscience.
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
The last comment was not directed at you, but to the regulars of the site. However, you might be interested in these: How does the modern theory of evolution solve these apparent problems?, How does evolution produce complex organs and Human evolution: Where *exactly* did the first human come from, whose parents were not? among other Q&As on the site.
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
Please do not downvote questions because they disagree with our views. This is a fair question, despite being a little bit to close to a rant. The arguments presented are wrong, yes, but that is a reason to answer, and explain to the OP using arguments, not to downvote. We should welcome this type of question and do our best to answer it well.
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@LotusBiology while it is true that some organisms outcompete their peers, the word better is a moral construct and has no bearing here. More efficient is the best you can say.
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answered How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
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comment Clustal Omega - convert from distance into # of substitutions
What exactly do you mean by "positions" in your alignment? How many sequences are we talking about? Can you show an example of the matrix and your desired result?