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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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Jul
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answered Dark veil when getting up too fast
Jul
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comment Which phylum appeared most recently
Actually, I've decided I was wrong about most phyla being clearly paraphyletic. I think it's true, but we don't have the direct evidence needed for many phyla. The Echiura and Spinuncula group inside the Annelida.
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revised Which phylum appeared most recently
Decided my addition was wrong.
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revised Which phylum appeared most recently
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Jul
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comment To what extent is it possible to understand if a bacteria can produce a protein? (in silico only!)
Are you talking about whether the Bacterium naturally produces a protein or whether it could express a particular protein?
Jul
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answered Which phylum appeared most recently
May
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answered What is the evolutionary reason behind human preference for salty foods?
May
20
revised How best to count bees entering and leaving a hive to measure hive activity?
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May
20
comment Evolutionarily speaking, why do humans have 46 chromosomes
It seems to me this answers the 'how' question but not the 'why' question. I would guess the answer to 'why' is random chance but there could be a selective advantage? Is there any evidence either way?
May
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revised Why are there exactly four nucleobases in DNA?
Added addendum about synthetic six base system
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Apr
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answered Was the mitochondrion or chloroplast first?
Mar
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comment Effect on fitness of mutations
@fileunderwater: If it's left skewed and has a central spike at an exact value it therefore will be poorly approximated by any take on the normal distribution.
Mar
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answered Effect on fitness of mutations
Mar
31
answered Dominance/recessivity of new mutations
Mar
28
comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
@LotusBiology: When you rock up repeating a bunch of creationist misinformation using creationist language I'm going to assume you're a creationist. Trotting out "religion of evolution" in your response doesn't make me think this is any less likely.
Mar
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comment How does the creative process of Biological Evolution work?
Creationism is off-topic on Biology SE.
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