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Nov
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comment Crude oil contamination hazard
I appreciate the collection of information from many different sites. I think this would be most helpful to the author if you synthesized the information a little more, presented some main takeaway points? Also, I noticed you have copy-pasted a number of paragraphs directly from the different links. While it's good you show your sources, you might want to look at the guidelines on referencing and see if you can make these quotes conform better to standards: biology.stackexchange.com/help/referencing. In particular, I think you could make it clear which parts are direct quotes.
Nov
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comment Statistics on energy consumption breakdown per biological functions across organisms?
Awesome. You're right that the categorization may be difficult, but I absolutely see the potential interest. Narrowing down the question like this to the fraction of energy consumption in signal transduction already makes it more tractable. Complementary to your question about energy consumption, are you aware of the bioinformatic research on genome reduction in parasites? I think interesting trends can be observed comparing the loss of signal transduction proteins compared to other protein groups. An example of this type of analysis: ijsb.sgmjournals.org/content/54/6/1937.full
Nov
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comment Statistics on energy consumption breakdown per biological functions across organisms?
In bacteria this has been studied in great detail for cells growing in steady balanced exponential growth. The classic reference work for this is Physiology of the Bacterial Cell by Neidhardt, Ingraham, and Schaechter: amazon.com/Physiology-Bacterial-Cell-Molecular-Approach/dp/… . Over the course of a few chapters they painstakingly identify how many ATP molecules are consumed for each process, from replication, transcription, translation, cell wall synthesis, etc, over the course of a single cell cycle. Not sure if this has been done in eukaryotes.
Nov
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comment Statistics on energy consumption breakdown per biological functions across organisms?
Out of curiosity, what do you mean by information processing? I can see this being used in several ways in biology: transcription/translation, signal transduction, you might even make an argument that some forms of enzyme binding kinetics are information processing (identifying the correct input from a sea of possible inputs). Of course also these numbers would only be meaningful in very specified and constrained environments.
Nov
25
comment B cell receptor editing
When I look at Wikipedia I can't find definitions of kappa versus lambda light chain. In the interest of making this question more broadly useful, would you mind adding some more definitions to your post? It might also help someone who is less of an expert do the requisite research to answer your question.
Nov
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reviewed Approve Quetiapine tolerance
Nov
19
reviewed Approve Why does a cockroach not die even after decapitation?
Nov
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reviewed Approve What are the “stars” we see after a bump on the head?
Nov
19
revised Which virus capsids consist of only one type of capsid protein?
added some minor clarifying phrases.
Nov
19
answered Which virus capsids consist of only one type of capsid protein?
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Oct
18
comment What is the allelic frequency at mutation-selection-drift equilibrium?
I think this paper might be relevant. From what I can see they derive an analytical approx for deleterious allele frequency in MSD equilibrium.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1894624
Oct
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answered Active & passive transport question
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awarded  Enlightened
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
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comment X Linked Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium Problem
I get the same result. These type of questions can throw people off very easily, apparently including the people writing the answer keys!
Mar
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awarded  Custodian
Mar
7
reviewed Edit Can humans eat grass?
Mar
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revised Can humans eat grass?
fixed up spelling
Mar
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comment Why will world population keep growing if all women have only 2.1 children
Sources for your fact about the 2.1 growth rate leading to 0 net population growth? What is the meaning of TFR?