Reputation
3,658
Top tag
Next privilege 5,000 Rep.
Approve tag wiki edits
Badges
9 25
Newest
 Enlightened
Impact
~44k people reached

Apr
22
revised Main methods used to predict functional annotations in GO
Corrected a mistake in terminology
Apr
22
comment Main methods used to predict functional annotations in GO
This is an interesting question but I suspect that it’s better suited on biostars.org
Apr
22
suggested approved edit on Main methods used to predict functional annotations in GO
Apr
21
comment What advantage would the initial 'donor' in horizontal gene transfer by conjugation have received?
This is also a good example why the “selfish gene” view does provide new insight, contrary what is often claimed by detractors. Without such an explanatory framework, LGT would indeed be much harder to explain (parasitism might work, but would probably result in some sort of evolutionary arms race which we would expect to observe).
Apr
19
awarded  Mortarboard
Apr
19
comment How does a tree trunk sprout and grow after being cut?
I think the question was about wood without ground connection and, I’m guessing, without roots.
Apr
19
answered How does a tree trunk sprout and grow after being cut?
Apr
19
comment How do trees manage to grow equally in all directions?
@Amu There are, yes. I’ve forgotten the exact names though. If I remember correctly different types of auxins have different influence anyway.
Apr
19
comment What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
By the way, this doesn’t even touch on RNA-seq and ChIP-seq which technically are also sequence data results but with a twist.
Apr
19
comment How did viruses come to be?
Could you summarise in your answer perhaps? It’s preferred here to preferred here to provide links for further information and references, not as the sole point of the answer.
Apr
19
answered How do we know that dinosaurs were related to lizards and/or birds?
Apr
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
19
answered How do trees manage to grow equally in all directions?
Apr
19
revised What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
Codon table
Apr
19
comment What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
Whoa, quite a complex question. I’ve tried to restrict my answer to a single example (not very successfully).
Apr
19
revised What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
added 1522 characters in body
Apr
19
answered What's the use of DNA sequencing results?
Apr
18
comment How To Avoid Macro-Evolution Confusion?
“They are not terms used by biologists” – that’s not true. They do have a biological meaning … which is of course distinct (but sufficiently similar to cause confusion) from what creationists mean, and has been around long before they started using the term. I try not to use the terms myself due to the confusion that has been engineered by creationists but some biologists do use them.
Apr
18
comment Can species back-evolve?
Since no answer mentions this explicitly, and since it is a very common misunderstanding: humans are not more complex than dogs evolutionarily. The word isn’t even well-defined in this context and no biologist has yet come up with a good enough definition.
Apr
18
comment What exactly are computers used for in DNA sequencing?
@leonardo Yes. The extreme case, one read which spans the whole genome. See the pattern? ;-)