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Mar
23
revised How did the first sexual animal come to exist?
theory => hypothesis
Feb
20
comment Aren't current explanations for the evolution of human cooperation a little too reductionist?
Inclusive fitness proponents will tell you that this explanation is completely wrong, by they way (without being an expert, I tend to agree).
Feb
16
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
15
revised What is the difference between naive and adjusted p-values in a GWAS study?
The p-value explanation was actually wrong.
Dec
26
comment Why has evolution made neurons use spiking?
You should read up on how neurons work. You admitted that you don’t know this, yet it directly answers your question.
Dec
24
comment Why it is rare for person to get infected with two Pathogens?
Your example is actually quite bad because the “common cold” is often an infection by several strains of viruses (and even bacteria) simultaneously.
Dec
21
comment Is light required for seed germination?
The riddle can be solved by realising that different plants have different requirements, and that some requirements are “soft” – i.e. not absolutely necessary but nevertheless beneficial. I’ll let somebody else with more knowledge provide a more in-depth answer – my comment wasn’t meant to imply that this is a bad question.
Dec
21
comment Is light required for seed germination?
Given that germination often happens underground, the answer seems trivially “no”, doesn’t it?
Dec
18
awarded  Yearling
Dec
7
comment How easy is it to carry out de novo sequence assembly?
tl;dr: It’s blood, sweat and tears. I haven’t been involved in this myself yet but I know people who are. Depending on the complexity of the genome, you’ll get tons (they got in the order of 1M) non-overlapping contigs.
Dec
5
awarded  Good Answer
Dec
2
answered Why, specifically, does each generation, on average, improve upon the design of the species rather than degrade it?
Sep
13
comment Why are there no wheeled animals?
@terdon Hehe, and I likewise forgot about the G’Kek. But re-reading the Uplift Saga is time well spent anyway. ;-)
Jul
8
comment Does evolution destroy functional sequences much faster than it creates them in any large-genome animal with low reproductive rates?
Biology.SE is actually very unhappy about creationism questions. However, I think this one’ll pass.
Jul
3
comment Can extinct animals be cloned?
@GriffinEvo You shouldn’t add content like this to other answers – instead, post your own answer.
Jul
3
comment What is the viability of Intelligent Design as a supplement to chemical abiogenesis and Darwinian Evolution?
Oh boy. @Bitwise, that’s a pretty bad article, even the title gets it wrong – ENCODE does not claim that junk DNA is “vital to life”. The “80% is functional” claim says nothing about necessity of that function. If ENCODE had made this claim (and if it were correct) then it’s true that the ID proponents in the 60s would have made a correct prediction (albeit for the wrong reasons). As it happens, this claim is a strawman.
Jul
3
comment How does ubiquitin recognize misfolded proteins?
That’s just begging the question. Now OP knows that ubiquitin doesn’t tag the proteins itself but they still don’t know how proteins are tagged, i.e. how E3 recognises the misfolded proteins.
May
31
comment Can extinct animals be cloned?
“you cannot preserve DNA for millions of years” – any evidence for that? I know for a fact that plenty of respectable biologists think the opposite.
May
9
comment Why are there no wheeled animals?
His Dark Materials gives a good answer to this (spoiler: it has wheeled animals)
Apr
30
comment BLAST DNA Sequences Reversed
@Alan No need for that, a simple console command does the same for you: (tr ACGT TGCA | rev) <<< 'GATTACA'