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PhD candidate in the department of biophysics at Johns Hopkins.


Nov
13
comment Resource for finding what proteins bind?
"the question I am trying to answer is 'which proteins from list A interact with proteins from list B and vice-versa?'" You and every biophysicist on the planet.
Oct
31
comment What is the difference between embryology and developmental biology?
@terdon. Ha hah, all right. Honestly, I thought there was a reasonable possibility that you were an earnest seeker after truth
Oct
31
comment What is the difference between embryology and developmental biology?
@terdon they have zygotes. All multicellular organisms have at least some form of reproduction where their offspring pass through a single-cell or few-cell state (though I'm sure there's at least a few exceptions to this).
Oct
31
comment What is the difference between a phosphotransferase, a phosphatase, a phosphorylase and a kinase?
@canadianer That's true. My point was more about the futility of trying to define a short nomenclature for the set of all enzymes. Their complexity defies any simple classification. Save the jargon for when you have specifics to talk about, and talk about generalities in general terms.
Oct
31
comment What is the progressive evolutionary advantage that leads to flying?
@tryingToGetProgrammingStraight If you have a whole laundry list, try posting them here. Just maybe keep it to one a day.
Oct
31
comment What is the progressive evolutionary advantage that leads to flying?
@tryingToGetProgrammingStraight More seriously, it really depends on the organism/system in question. For example, the debate over why humans started walking upright has been a particularly acrimonious and silly one.
Oct
31
comment What is the progressive evolutionary advantage that leads to flying?
@tryingToGetProgrammingStraight Yes I do! BAHFest is truly an authoritative source for such information.
Oct
29
comment What is the H+ gradient in mitochondria?
@Sciiiiience An H+ ion is a proton
Apr
24
comment Has there ever been an attempt to create nutritionally tailored food for adult human consumption?
@Andrei Getting into the psychology side of it, the current consensus among researchers these days is that it takes about two months of daily repetition for a human to establish a behavior as a habit. At that point, even if the behavior is somewhat arduous/painful, it becomes more natural for the person to continue with it than to cease.
Apr
24
comment Has there ever been an attempt to create nutritionally tailored food for adult human consumption?
@Andrei By asking about the "bearability" of the taste you're veering away from biology and towards psychology. Here's how I think about it: I don't know if you've ever owned a dog before, but they like people food. A lot. And the more devious members of the species will scheme quite a bit to get at it. In general, though, their only two options are dogfood or starvation. Under those conditions I'm sure that most people would also grow acclimated to the taste.
Apr
23
comment How, on a physical level, does ATP confer energy?
@KAM You're arguing from the basis of a thermodynamic ensemble, which really makes your argument more "on a biochemical level" than "on a physical level". I want to know, electron by electron, particle by particle, exactly mechanistically how the potential energy inherent in ATP flows from point A to point B. Where do I go for that answer?