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I am currently working towards a PhD in microbial genetics. Before that I spent a bit over a decade working as a programmer, with most of that time spent writing computer games. I have degrees in Mathematics (MMath), Life Sciences (BSc) and Molecular Genetics (MSc).


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comment In males, why it is difficult to control orgasm?
Both men and women can learn to control orgasm for prolonged periods. It is a reasonably common part of BDSM sexual practices to insist that the 'sub' requests permission before orgasming.
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answered Why does sex last so long?
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comment When writing about past research should I use the species name they employed or the modern version?
I think you're confusing more than one thing here. Campylobacter fetus is the correct, current, internationally recognised name for the species. Like many species, it has been moved to a different genus than it was originally assigned to. The principle of priority applies when the same species has been identified by different researchers.
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comment How many humans have been in my lineage? Is it almost the same for every human currently living?
@Joe: It's a model. Any model will be, by it's nature, limited. The limitations are discussed in the paper, as is there potential impacts on the resulting number.
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comment How many humans have been in my lineage? Is it almost the same for every human currently living?
@Joe: It's not my claim. It's the number given in the primary literature source I linked to. Other estimates exist but even then they only push it back to around 8000 years ago, still a small period of time in comparison to the time since the human/chimp split.
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comment How many humans have been in my lineage? Is it almost the same for every human currently living?
@MooingDuck: Perhaps you'd like to read the link I gave.
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comment How many humans have been in my lineage? Is it almost the same for every human currently living?
Apparently I fail at cut-and-paste, corrected.
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answered Collective name for the X- and Z-chromosomes
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comment Collective name for the X- and Z-chromosomes
While your point about hetero/homo is valid, I think that it's likely to be a more readily understood and less confusing term than major/minor.
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comment Collective name for the X- and Z-chromosomes
I'm not a fan of this usage since the mechanism of function varies so widely and the major/minor distinction implies something about the functional role of the two types.
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comment Why is oxygen needed for the electron transfer phosphorylation?
@GreekFellows: It depends on the anaerobic process you're thinking about. In anaerobic respiration there is a terminal receptor and electron transfer; however the majority (I think) of anaerobic energy production is not respiration but rather the shortened process you are thinking of.
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