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Apr
27
revised How many genes do we share with our mother?
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Apr
27
answered How many genes do we share with our mother?
Apr
27
answered Relationship between our microbiome and personalized nutrition
Apr
26
comment Is there such thing as a generic “metabolic type”?
Not from your finger … but possibly from metagenomics.
Apr
25
comment Purpose of poly(A)+ RNA?
@Steve Correct. Unfortunately, I oversimplified.
Apr
25
comment Purpose of poly(A)+ RNA?
@bobthejoe miRNA can be (usually is) polyadenylated as well.
Apr
25
comment Purpose of poly(A)+ RNA?
Note that this isn’t always done: there are RNA-seq protocols which do intentionally not enrich for mRNA and hence don’t do poly(A) selection. After all, we might be interested in other RNA as well (but this is much rarer since most RNA-seq is done as a quantification of gene expression).
Apr
24
comment What is meant in biology by the term “evolved”?
Well, the first question is: what is complex? Genome? Phenotype? Specifically, behaviour? And how do you measure complexity? Once you have agreed on that (but people don’t) – what does this actually tell us? In reality, not much. People just use it as they would “more evolved”. In reality, it makes much more sense to speak about specific features, not about an ill-defined, poorly-understood and not comparable whole.
Apr
24
comment How was the guided daily amount (GDA) calculated?
Many of those values are unfortunately probably made up, or at least meaningless due to the extreme variance in populations.
Apr
24
comment What is meant in biology by the term “evolved”?
“more complex” unfortunately suffers from similar problems.
Apr
24
comment What is meant in biology by the term “evolved”?
Just to be clear: are you specifically asking what “more evolved” means or what “evolved” (generally) means?
Apr
24
answered What is the biology behind a skin “mole”?
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
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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.