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PhD student in Plant Sciences at Cambridge working on dissecting the molecular basis of C4 photosynthesis. Formerly plant biologist, data analyst, bioinformatician and programmer at the Millennium Seed Bank.

My expertise is in plant biology, genomics, transcriptomics and computational biology.

I write software in Objective-C, C++, Ruby, Python, Javascript and R.

Solvers.io is my attempt to help highly skilled developers use their skills to benefit the world's poorest, or to help solve crucial scientific problems.


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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Famous Question
Jan
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awarded  Yearling
Jan
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comment Is light required for seed germination?
@KonradRudolph in many species, germination can happen underground but not so far that light doesn't penetrate.
Jan
4
comment Is light required for seed germination?
The short answer is that many species do require light for germination (either to initiate germination or to break dormancy). Some require light of a specific wavelength, and some don't require light. Still others actually require absolute darkness, or the absence of specific wavelengths.
Dec
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comment Seed Dormancy and Seed Transportation
I'd just like to say how happy it makes me to see primary and secondary dormancy being discussed on bio.SE: very happy indeed :). Also: this is exactly the answer I would have given.
Dec
30
comment Why is dimethyltryptamine (DMT) being released during death?
As with many such questions, it may be impossible for us to infer why this trait evolved.
Dec
30
comment Why is dimethyltryptamine (DMT) being released during death?
This doesn't answer the question. The question asks why DMT being released at death would be selected for evolutionarily.
Dec
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comment Why is dimethyltryptamine (DMT) being released during death?
I disagree with all of this except the part about evolution not being a conscious designer. You are arguing that genetic drift accounts for a large proportion of evolution. This is the opposite of the current understanding informed by genomics and transcriptomics. For example: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1558-5646.2007.00308.x. It is highly likely that there is a reason (i.e. a proximate cause) for DMT being released at death, but it may not be direct, and it may be impossible for us to infer it with current information. The same is true for having 5 fingers and 2 arms.
Nov
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awarded  Notable Question
Nov
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comment Measuring algae growth or death
I've asked some of my colleagues who work on algae to chip in... hopefully one of them will turn up :)
Nov
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accepted Why do cucurbits produce so much fluid when their stems are cut?
Nov
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comment How long can I store extracted RNA?
We're also in an old dusty building, and RNase is a problem for us too. Thanks for the tip - I'll check whether it works for RNAseq purposes.
Oct
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comment How long can I store extracted RNA?
This is interesting - how did you measure the degradation? I imagine degradation that might have a significant effect on, for example, RNASeq, would not show on a gel.
Oct
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comment How long can I store extracted RNA?
Do you need to do anything special to remove the citrate when it comes time to use the RNA, for example to make cDNA?
Oct
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awarded  Taxonomist
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