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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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Jun
12
revised The probability of indirect human fertilization?
It was just pointed out to me that my answer was the same as yours so I included some of the quotes from mine here and deleted it.
Jun
11
comment What is the best file format to store gel images?
True. I'm just leery of JPG since they can easily get corrupted. Personally, I'd probably just convert the TIFFs to EPS and deal with those.
Jun
11
comment What is the best file format to store gel images?
No reason to ever use jpg. PNG is also a compressed format.
Jun
10
comment Why some neurons are tetraploid
Please don't ask multiple questions in a single post. Break them up into separate questions.
May
28
comment downloading a reference genome for alignment
Yes, NCBI is fine. So is genome.ucsc.edu or ensembl.org or genomes online.
May
23
revised Were there any flying dinosaurs?
Pretty sure there aren't any today :)
May
20
comment Is there a correlation between brain size and amount of sleep?
@MadScientist not sure, they're complaining about the cross-posting over there too and neither one has an answer. I'm not sure which site is a better fit. Darko, could you please modify your question to fit the different communities more specifically?
May
20
revised Is there a correlation between brain size and amount of sleep?
typo
May
16
answered Converting Ensembl Compara gene tree DNA alignment to corresponding amino acid alignment
May
13
comment Gene perturbation, what is it used for, explain to computer scientists?
I'm afraid this is really a bit too broad. Perturbation can mean very many things from changing the expression level, to switching genes on or off, to altering the protein produced. The phenotypes will depend both on the particular perturbation applied and on the specific gene perturbed.
May
13
comment Comparing Shine Dalgarno scores, creating a distribution
Please give us the data in text form so we can work with it. It would be relatively simple to produce a histogram using R for example but I'm not about to copy it by hand.
May
13
revised Comparing Shine Dalgarno scores, creating a distribution
In the midst (no s) means among, not int he process of.
May
13
comment Color van der waals bonds in swiss PdbViewer
Use Photoshop? Please clarify, I assume you want to do this using the same program that produced the image, so tell us what you're using!
May
13
comment Why do our eyes close when we sleep?
@speedoheck Because you need to be able to see of course! Take the car out if you like. In sleep, there is no such necessity. Also, we get a lot of visual cues from light and that affects the concentrations of certain hormones. I would guess that is also an important reason why our eyes need to be closed.
May
13
comment Why do our eyes close when we sleep?
@speedoheck 1) blinking requires muscle movement which sort of defeats the purpose of resting 2) closed eyelids offer much better protection than periodic blinking 3) if you can blink, you have eyelids. Why bother flapping the garage door up and down every few seconds when you could just close it and be done with it?
May
11
comment Do miRNA and antisense RNA do essentially the same thing?
@guest you're very welcome. If this answer solves your issue please take a minute and check the check mark under the vote count to the left, this will signify to everyone that your issue's been resolved.
May
11
comment Do miRNA and antisense RNA do essentially the same thing?
No reason not to post! The more the merrier :)
May
11
revised Do miRNA and antisense RNA do essentially the same thing?
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May
11
comment Do miRNA and antisense RNA do essentially the same thing?
Strictly speaking, it does not need to be complementary to mRNA. It can be complementary to any RNA moiety.
May
11
answered Do miRNA and antisense RNA do essentially the same thing?