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


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?
Jan
27
revised What is meant in biology by the term “evolved”?
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Jan
27
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
23
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?
Jan
21
comment Are there neurons that can sense light shining in your ears?
The study I think you are referring to appeared to find that shining light on the back of the knee could entrain a human's circadian clock (Campbell and Murphy, 1998). That study has been refuted by a later study (Wright and Czeisler, 2002, see comment by Baringa, 2002). Wright and Czeisler show no response to light behind the knees. Current consensus is that mammalian photosensitivity resides only in the eyes.
Jan
20
comment How do dopamine agonists like amphetamine/methylphenidate affect acetylcholine signalling?
In its current form, this question can be answered in one sentence by a simple Google search. Can you be more specific and expand your question?
Jan
18
revised Are there neurons that can sense light shining in your ears?
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Jan
18
comment Are there neurons that can sense light shining in your ears?
Can you provide a reference for a case in which a TRP channel, commonly thought of as a temperature detector, is plausibly used as a light sensor?
Jan
18
answered Are there neurons that can sense light shining in your ears?
Jan
17
comment A good book for history of biology/biotechnology for lay people
@GerganaVandova, I understand. But isn't the critical question how good this book is? I'm interested to know if any of the upvotes know more about this book and could give their thoughts.
Jan
17
comment A good book for history of biology/biotechnology for lay people
I don't think the accepted answer should be a book that no one has actually read. I appreciate the "flipping through" that was done, but can anyone who has read the full book weigh in? If not, I'm uncomfortable that the community's best recommendation is based on a skim of the first chapter on Amazon.
Jan
11
comment Why are amino acids in biology homochiral?
It's no answer, but Radiolab had a great discussion of chirality and the issue you've brought up. Worth a listen: radiolab.org/2011/apr/18/mirror-mirror