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Mar
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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
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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
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revised What is the mechanism that directs myosin walking?
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Mar
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answered What is the mechanism that directs myosin walking?
Mar
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answered Long-term-potentiation and memory. Where do we stand?
Feb
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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"
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Jan
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answered How does an inhibitory synapse communicate to the cell body of a neuron?
Jan
27
revised What is meant in biology by the term “evolved”?
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Jan
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revised What is meant in biology by the term “evolved”?
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Jan
27
comment What are the constraints when growing an artificial brain?
A term from counting bacterial colonies comes to mind as an answer to this question: TNTC (too numerous to count).
Jan
27
answered What is meant in biology by the term “evolved”?
Jan
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answered How and where, in the human brain, are memories stored?
Jan
23
comment Is it correct that the body only responds to the most painful stimulus?
I mostly interested if the postulate has ever been shown to be true in any case. Of course, I would also be interested if it happens to be applicable to the case of pain perception.
Jan
23
comment Is it correct that the body only responds to the most painful stimulus?
Is there any evidence that Ukhtomsky's postulate actually occurs?