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Hi there! My name is Lance Lafontaine.

I am a student at Concordia University in software engineering, with a previous degree in molecular biology. I enjoy all things tech, science and startups, but I especially love web development, open source software, and camping (outdoors).

Chat with me @LanceLafontaine or lance.lafontaine92@gmail.com, I love meeting new people in virtual and physical settings.

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Oct
15
reviewed Satisfactory Tree census data for Sweden/Scandinavia?
Oct
15
reviewed Needs Improvement Eating rarely but a lot, or often but little
Oct
15
reviewed Excellent copper vs aluminum, what's the safest for health?
Oct
15
reviewed Satisfactory What is the advantage of the way eukaryotes initiate translation?
Oct
15
reviewed Needs Improvement Why we have no enzyme to digest cellulose?
Oct
15
awarded  Custodian
Oct
15
reviewed Excellent Can the colour of skin change with age
Oct
15
reviewed Excellent What is the evidence that australopithecines were bipedal?
Oct
15
reviewed Satisfactory How did viruses learn to utilize the workings of a cell?
Oct
15
reviewed Satisfactory Is there any advantage of having a mitochondria for aerobic respiration?
Sep
9
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
5
asked How significant is RNA degradation with removal of cap/polyA's in eukaryotes, or UTR's in prokaryotes?
Aug
16
revised Visualizing secondary RNA structure binding to target
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Aug
16
asked Visualizing secondary RNA structure binding to target
Aug
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why do plasmids replicate on their own?
Jul
31
asked Do the phage repressors CI and Mnt exhibit crosstalk?
Jul
30
comment Why isn't there a standard unit of promoter strength?
Not all genes need to be expressed in their "proper" context. Think of the Tet and lambda pR promoters being expressed in E coli (or really synthetic biology as a whole). If the purpose is exploiting or engineering and not discovering novel protein functions at a particular developmental stage, these promoters strengths are extremely relevent.
Jul
30
comment Why isn't there a standard unit of promoter strength?
@Amory, this is exactly why a characterized number would be useful to define promoter strength. You would be able to quantify a particular promoter's strength with or without activators/repressors, as well as in relation to other promoters with their respective regulatory elements.
Jul
30
comment Why isn't there a standard unit of promoter strength?
I do realize that transcription is very context-dependent, but disagree about its importance. Even if strictly used in characterized in vitro systems, a number associated with a promoter is very useful, and can be extrapolated to its general abilities for transcription in vivo.
Jul
30
revised Why isn't there a standard unit of promoter strength?
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