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Medical student in the United Kingdom, having previously studied Biology at A-Level. I spend a good deal of my time volunteering with St John Ambulance, which I find fantastically rewarding and when I'm not writing essays I'm handling flags here on Bio.SE.


Mar
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revised How would a warm winter affect maple sap production?
A few modifications to improve fit for biology vs gardening
Mar
3
awarded  Vox Populi
Mar
3
awarded  Suffrage
Mar
3
accepted Does electricity cause damage on a cellular level?
Mar
3
comment What hydrolyses aspirin within the digestive tract and blood stream?
Perhaps I'm misinterpreting, but the 1st pass effect is one that reduces the potency of drugs. The enzyme you mentioned above that hydrolyses aspirin into salicylic acid would be increasing potency as salicylic acid is the active ingredient, therefore the first-pass effect does not apply?
Mar
3
comment What hydrolyses aspirin within the digestive tract and blood stream?
However in Alexander's Answer to the linked question he states one advantage of buccal delivery as the bypassing of the liver. As this method supposedly gives faster delivery of the medication there must be another factor at play somewhere =)
Mar
3
comment Do eye muscles relax when you close your eyes?
Related: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/968/…
Mar
3
comment Do eye muscles relax when you close your eyes?
Certainly noticed what you mean when closing eyes and then attempting to immediately focus on a near-to object. I wonder if it could be due to it being dark when the eye is closed - this could I suppose result in the relaxation (as there is nothing to "see" if you do this in a pitch black room).
Mar
3
comment How to typeset gene regulatory networks
I've used the Omni suite before, it's quite well designed software =)
Mar
3
revised Is there a binding affinity metric for interactions not in equilibria?
Clean up
Mar
3
revised Which human body hormonal systems exhibit 24 hour diurnal cyclical activity?
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Feb
28
comment Stabbing muscles when flexed and when relaxed
I suppose in theory the density of the tissue has increased during contraction if you stab in the middle so (preparing for a possible physics disaster) that would mean less penetration for constant force from an identical object
Feb
28
comment Stabbing muscles when flexed and when relaxed
I would say that it would depend largely on the muscle.
Feb
28
comment How strong is spider silk?
I do recall that (at least some) spiders produce two variants of silk, one sticky and one not - the latter being used in construction of the web.
Feb
28
comment Why do restriction enzymes tend to have an even number of bases in their recognition site?
Could you expand on "domains bind to 2n bases" - I'm right in thinking that that is the reason for a preference of even bases? Why is six so popular as mentioned in Biocs' answer?
Feb
28
revised How long can E. coli stocks be stored at -20°C?
Removed Edit prefix
Feb
26
revised Why do restriction enzymes tend to have an even number of bases in their recognition site?
forgot to update the link to the spreadsheet
Feb
26
revised Why do restriction enzymes tend to have an even number of bases in their recognition site?
Edited to include 96well's data, included stats test and removed duplicates
Feb
26
revised What can you tell about a person, having only their whole genome as information?
correction of title
Feb
26
revised What can you tell about a person, having only their whole genome as information?
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