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Mar
25
comment Sequence compression method / format
Note that block compression can be applied to any type of file, including fastq or fasta, using the bgzip utility that comes with samtools. That said, I don't know to what point this makes the file more easy to deal with than just using plain gzip. Biopython has some degree of support for bgzip.
Mar
20
comment Identifying internal structures of dissected fish
A swim bladder in two parts is a common thing. At least I remember having seen at least in some of the few fish dissection I've made.
Mar
9
revised The meaning of RNA-seq data
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Mar
9
suggested approved edit on The meaning of RNA-seq data
Jan
2
answered Identifying a tree with an image
Oct
4
awarded  Yearling
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
17
comment How closely related are two parasites Giardia intestinalis and Trichomonas vaginalis?
Be careful though that Tolweb is not always very up-to-date.
Sep
9
comment Is this a grackle with an unusually long decurved bill (Phoenix AZ, USA)
Could it be that the bird was holding something into its beak, which made it look curved?
Sep
9
answered where to find the relative frequency distribution of synonymous codons
Aug
19
comment How do I perform recurring pattern mining or regular expressions of nucleotide sequences?
For python, the Bio.motifs package from BioPython could be useful: biopython.org/DIST/docs/tutorial/Tutorial.html#sec244
Jan
28
answered Insect identification
Dec
5
answered Cats, Dogs and Bears - how are they related?
Dec
5
comment Cats, Dogs and Bears - how are they related?
What do you mean by "paralogous clade"?
Nov
12
answered A wierd looking fish with a shield
Oct
25
comment Family tree for edible plants?
Beware that tolweb is not very accurate: from what I understood, they lack the funding necessary to update it. So it doesn't reflect the state of the art in terms of phylogeny.
Oct
4
awarded  Yearling
Sep
12
comment Molecular Evolution: Mrbayes never stops?
And if all what kmm suggests fail, it may be time to fiddle with finer tunings, such as concerning the proposals that are used to modify the Markov chain.
Sep
3
comment Could be an union/synergy between Math, Computer Science and Marine Biology?
I have the intuitive feeling that it may be easier to specialize in computer sciences and then apply this to marine biology than specialize in marine biology and then learn the computational tools. It may be easier to learn the tricky technical aspects with a younger brain, and later acquire the necessary knowledge to apply your technical skills to marine biology. Of course, it would be better if you could study both at the same time, but it may be difficult to arrange this.
Aug
13
comment Plant identification?
It would help if you provided more photos, such as a detail of the flower (where petals and other structural elements can be counted), the stem, the leaves, etc.