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PhD candidate in neurobiology/neuroscience. Current research focused on membrane electrophysiology.


Apr
13
revised Is it necessary to conduct a power analysis before beginning an experiment?
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Apr
12
revised Is it necessary to conduct a power analysis before beginning an experiment?
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Apr
12
answered Is it necessary to conduct a power analysis before beginning an experiment?
Apr
5
comment Soma-soma paired neurons
Exactly right, they prepare (or setup) the cells in a particular way so that they can study them later. For instance, here they are removing the neurons from the snail and putting them together in a dish. Then they add a solution that encourages the synapse to form. As you might imagine, any given preparation will be good for investigating some things but bad for other things. A major part of experimental design in biology is choosing the right "preparation."
Apr
5
comment Brain + ethanol experiment suggestions needed
@HarroldCavendish: Can you explain more about what this experiment is for? Are you trying to do a PSA about the dangers of alcohol? What sort of experimental background do you have?
Apr
5
comment Brain + ethanol experiment suggestions needed
+100 for noting the requirement of a live animal and how non-trivial the proposed experiments are
Apr
5
answered Soma-soma paired neurons
Mar
20
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
20
comment Why can cones detect color but rods can't?
@nico There is a large body of literature with that kind of data. King-Wai Yau, Denis Baylor, and W.A.H Rushton are good guys to look out for if you want the historical data. For example, here is a lecture by Baylor with some ephys data. This one has amazing data on the response of rods to single photons! Mike Do and King-Wai Yau have great data on the responses of photosensitive retinal ganglion cells.
Mar
20
comment How does “be altruist to those who are similar to you” evolve?
@JimThio My objection to this question stands. I understand that your questions stems from your political beliefs, but your examples make this question argumentative.
Mar
19
comment How does “be altruist to those who are similar to you” evolve?
Can you rephrase the question so that the example is not directly political? There's a valid question here, but in my opinion, it's packaged in a way that is not appropriate for this site.
Mar
16
comment What is the number of cells in a line of a fingerprint?
@math4tots I agree that the needle isn't a great size reference because the size of the tip isn't an "everyday life" kind of thing. However, I don't see why something has to be made up of cells to act as a reference for judging the size of cells. scaleofuniverse.com might be interesting to you for relating magnitudes of scale. Make sure to catch the human blood cells (~10 micrometers) between the micrometer and millimeter markers.
Mar
16
comment What is causing my problem with very low yields when isolating a 42kb yeast plasmid?
I took 1.5mL of a "dense overnight culture" for this protocol. I don't remember being particularly careful about the OD for this (and the OD is relatively strain-dependent anyway). For us, "overnight" meant the culture was in a healthy stationary phase and that was easily gauged by eye. If you need to get a feel for the growth properties of your strain, start a culture in the morning and take periodic OD600 readings throughout the day. That should give you a clear picture of when you'll have the maximum number of healthy cells.
Mar
15
revised What is the mechanism that directs myosin walking?
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Mar
10
answered What is the mechanism that directs myosin walking?
Mar
9
answered Long-term-potentiation and memory. Where do we stand?
Feb
29
comment How to typeset gene regulatory networks
+1 for Cytoscape. I found it useful for looking at gene interaction networks pulled down from the yeast genome database.
Feb
28
comment Is there a term for tool use in animals?
Yeah, I've never seen anything more formal than just plain "tool use". For instance, see the article "The Ecological Significance of Tool Use in New Caledonian Crows"
Feb
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
30
answered How does an inhibitory synapse communicate to the cell body of a neuron?