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Sep
10
comment How exactly are game theoretical evolutionary models described during implementation for computer simulations?
It's not the chance of both eggs being excluded that Dawkins talks about, he talks about the chance of having an egg excluded. It's still true that it would be worth cheating for the first few birds. The wider point about the trait not being an ESS might be true, but his specific explanation is not. In your specific example, if there are 105 eggs and 5 are excluded, each egg has a ~5% (more precisely, 4.76%), not ~1%, chance of being excluded. In any case, your question was interesting so I'm writing a model of the Guillemot situation. I'll report back when done :)
Sep
10
comment Difference between genetic engineering and synthetic biology
PCR is not synthetic; although it involves biological synthesis, it has to start from a template. Synthesis as in synthetic biology involves artificial gene synthesis, i.e. starting just with a sequence on a computer and ending with biological sequence.
Sep
10
comment Difference between genetic engineering and synthetic biology
The parts registry, and BioBricks are key examples of synthetic biology. And Randy's is the correct answer, except that there's no reason to exclude sequences found in nature, as long as they are ab-initio synthesised. The clue is in the name... synthetic biology involves synthesised, not cloned, biological sequences. Synthetic biology is still a subset of genetic engineering.
Sep
10
comment How exactly are game theoretical evolutionary models described during implementation for computer simulations?
This. I would say most people use the language they know best, so for non-programmer scientists that's python or perl, for mathematicians it's matlab, mathematica, or berkeley madonna, and for programmers it's c or some descendant.
Sep
10
comment How exactly are game theoretical evolutionary models described during implementation for computer simulations?
Let's hope R doesn't become standard for anything other than stats - it's the ugliest programming language since J.
Sep
10
comment How exactly are game theoretical evolutionary models described during implementation for computer simulations?
Unfortunately the guillemot example is a bad one - Dawkins was wrong about it (and very obviously so). He forgets to account for the fact that if a bird lays twice as many eggs as any other in the colony, his eggs are twice as likely to be excluded from care.
Sep
3
comment Has anyone tried Gibson Assembly Optimizations?
I've just joined the Gibthon team, so if you need any more specific help let me know.
Aug
30
reviewed Approve Evolutionarily speaking, why do humans have 46 chromosomes
Aug
29
comment Does age affect the frequency of flatus?
Agree this is really a comment.
Aug
28
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Aug
26
comment How does a plant decide when to grow a branch?
I answered this in some detail in response to another question... biology.stackexchange.com/a/2646/430
Aug
22
comment Why do cockroaches flip over when they die?
I agree, I was just pointing out the the picture doesn't demonstrate anything. The reason, if I remember rightly, is that most cockroach control agents are neurotoxins which cause the legs to spasm, so they get flipped onto their backs.
Aug
22
comment Why do cockroaches flip over when they die?
That's a picture of some cockroaches on their backs. There's no way for the viewer to know whether they died that way, or (as it seems) were arranged that way.
Aug
21
reviewed Approve What would need to be discovered to prove there is extraterrestrial life?
Aug
14
revised How many times did life emerge from the ocean?
updated reference list to site style
Aug
10
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Aug
5
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@OldCurmudgeon so you're assuming the move to leaf cellulose as a food source must have predated the loss of wings - if not, there was another driver for loss of wings. You're right about one thing: [citation needed] :)