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BSc in Biomedical Science, currently studying towards a PhD in Molecular Systems Biology.

I have several years worth of experience in web development and programming as well as basics of graphic design.

I'm a language nerd and a citizen science geek. I love techy stuff and wish I had the time to fiddle with electronics myself, but to that regard even building my own PC will have to wait for a while now.


Mar
25
comment Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
Attractiveness is a cultural value - it wasn't long ago (only a few hundred years) that the ideal figure was actually everything else than slim. Have a look at depictions of beautiful women and men in art throughout the centuries (e.g. in the antique god/esses of beauty, or paintings of literary figures which are supposed to be beautiful). Healthiness also depends on context. As I said, today what we consider healthy are things that sustain a healthy body for a long life. Not long ago, what was healthy were things that sustain life at all.
Mar
25
answered Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
Mar
23
answered What controls the breast size?
Mar
20
reviewed Close Specific enzyme for C. elegans
Mar
19
comment Why does sexual selection evolve beautiful features?
In regards to the "beautiful features" part, your Q2, Dan Dennett explains the issue well here: ted.com/talks/dan_dennett_cute_sexy_sweet_funny.html
Mar
19
comment Why does sexual selection evolve beautiful features?
Hey! Welcome to Bio.SE :) This is certainly a good question. However, it requires a very broad explanation of how sexual selection works, so it seems unlikely that you will get a full answer that clears all of this up. It would probably be a good idea to read the Wikipedia article and see if that makes the issue more understandable to you. If you have any more specific question then, pleasea do ask here!
Mar
12
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Mar
11
answered What is a “tool strain”?
Mar
11
comment What is a “tool strain”?
It would be helpful if you could quote a section from the instructions to that software because such terms tend to depend on context.
Mar
8
reviewed Approve Can IVF decrease the probability of trisomy in the fetuses of older mothers?
Mar
7
comment Number of reading frames in nucleotide sequence
Whoops, how embarrassing - thanks for the correction! :)
Mar
7
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Mar
5
answered Number of reading frames in nucleotide sequence
Mar
5
comment Does one neurotransmitter travel all the way through the nervous system?
The bit inside the brain could be quite a lot I think, hundreds or thousands even. Plus, a single stimulus doesn't activate just a single sensory neuron, and there are also cross-interactions of adjacent pathways.
Mar
5
comment Does one neurotransmitter travel all the way through the nervous system?
@DarkLightA Yes, that's probably around the number of neurons you have in total in your body. The actual pathway that a single signal will follow doesn't usually comprise that many cells though. Example: pain (e.g. papercut) -> cell 1: sensory neuron from periphery (e.g. finger) towards spinal chord -> cell 2: afferent neuron from spinal chord towards the thalamus in the brain -> cell 3: thalamic neuron into various brain regions (exact number of cells here varies as far as I know) -> result: you feel pain. Could be I forgot the odd neuron here or there in this pathway but that's the gist.
Mar
4
answered Does one neurotransmitter travel all the way through the nervous system?
Mar
4
comment Serotonin - Does being aroused make you sleepy?
This can be answered by reading the Wikipedia article on serotonin, which has a nice list of functions.
Feb
27
comment Introductory literature for synthetic / systems biology?
And DIYBio.org!
Feb
26
comment Effect of doubling volumes of PCR reagents
That sounds like the most likely problem; I think you should post that as an answer.
Feb
26
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