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Finishing a BSc in Biomedical Science in 2014.

I have several years worth of experience in web development and programming as well as basics of graphic design (meaning that I like toying with inkscape).

I'm a language nerd and a private 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.


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comment Questions about the Evolution Theory
Your two questions (1. How can useful features initially evolve, 2. How did life start) are two of the largest debates in biology, with endless arguments going back and forth throughout academia and laydiscussion. It's not currently possible to definitively answer either of them, and people have written entire books trying to summarise the state of the debate at that time. Google these to your heart's content - some keywords of potential interest include "origin of life", "intelligent design" and "RNA world" - but unfortunately Bio.SE is not a suitable platform for discussing this.
Jun
5
comment What happens to fecal matter if it's continually re-eaten?
The author seems aware that the person would clearly die from lack of nutrition but is more wondering about the theoretical result. I think you should add that after continuous cycles of digestion, the fat and protein components of faeces would at some point be completely eliminated. So would the bacteria, but while passing through the intestinal environment, new bacteria would inevitably get mixed into the mass again. Thus, the result would be a mixture of undigestible fibre and bacteria.
May
29
comment zygomatic fracture and orbital
Is your question whether a zygomatic bone fracture on one side can affect the orbit on the other side?
May
26
comment Biological advantage of electric synapses
I can't answer this but just to consider: firstly, this may be a way to overcome the limit of length of an individual cell before intracellular transport of proteins and organelles becomes impracticable. Aside from this, the difference between one long neuron and two connected ones is that they are separated by a membrane and can have different interiors. This means different internal cell states e.g. signalling molecules, ion concentrations,...
May
25
comment Hypovolemia and orthostatic hypertension
Orthostatic (=postural) hypertension is an excessive increase of blood pressure upon standing up. Hypovolemia is a reduced total blood volume (i.e. lack of plasma). This question is perfectly on-topic.
May
23
comment Resources: Learning About the Brain
The wikipedia article on basal ganglia seems sufficiently extensive to me and should be understandable if you spend enough time first learning the basic neuro-terminology used in that article (which you should do anyway if you want to learn about the brain). When reading about a completely new topic, you need to proceed sentence-by-sentence and really make sure you understand what each sentence says, i.e. look up every word you don't know yet.
May
22
comment What type of insect is this?
Edit your answer to include that and provide a reference or picture for the question author to check up themselves and I would say this is a perfectly sufficient answer :)
May
21
comment What type of insect is this?
This answer could be improved by explaining why you think so - for example find a picture of a male termite with its wings and explain what body parts you compare with the insect in the photo to reach that conclusion.
May
19
comment A question related to qPCR analysis
Does your qPCR software not provide you with the progressive graphs where you can see each sample crossing the threshold? That might be a nice picture to show.
May
19
comment How best to count bees entering and leaving a hive to measure hive activity?
The only recommendation I would make to improve your question itself is the title - you don't need to say it's a research problem as that's usually obvious, and entomology is in the tags so it doesn't need to be in the title. Try to phrase it as a question. Ideally, the title question allows someone to answer without reading the detailed description.
May
19
comment How best to count bees entering and leaving a hive to measure hive activity?
To further reduce the time it takes you, you could start out counting both entrances and exits from the hive - but then check if you get the same results if you only consider entrances. As a measure of bee activity, I would expect entrances and exits to be equivalent and thus it shouldn't matter whether you count either one or both.
May
18
comment Could humans choose to establish fibre digesting colonies in our guts?
Go ahead and eat it - not taking nutrients from something doesn't mean you can't eat it :P
May
18
comment What does “developmentally programmed” mean?
Yeah, it looks like just bad phrasing, probably caused by word count restraints.
May
17
comment What is the difference between a circular and a cat's-eye pupil?
How does a vertical pupil help to detect horizontal movement?
May
17
comment What does “developmentally programmed” mean?
Agreed, this phrase can mean different things depending on the context - the answer still wouldn't be pages long if it included all contexts but it would make it a lot easier if you could provide that background information :)
May
17
comment Gene perturbation, what is it used for, explain to computer scientists?
@GeekCat, currently your question is too broad and actually includes several sub-questions. You are more likely to get a good answer if you break it down into distinct separate questions. For a start, I would recommend that you ask "What does gene perturbation mean in the context of gene regulatory networks and how is it achieved practically?" as this will help you to understand what else you need to ask.
May
16
comment Transverse diffusion of lipids in red blood cells
Erythrocytes still perform glycolysis for ATP generation.
May
15
comment Converting Ensembl Compara gene tree DNA alignment to corresponding amino acid alignment
The file is gzipped, so use a tool like 7zip or WinRAR to unzip it. After that, just open the fasta file in any text reader..?
May
15
comment Genetics: pedigree following a rare trait autosomal recessive
If "affected" means "aa", then "unaffected" should mean "not aa", i.e. "AA or Aa". If neither IV-1 not IV-2 are affected, the offspring could only be affected if both are carriers. The chance of IV-1 being a carrier is 50% whereas the chance of IV-2 being a carrier is 66% (because IV-2 had 1/4 chance to be AA, 1/2 chance Aa and 1/4 chance aa, but we know the genotype isn't aa, thus leaving 1/3 chance AA and 2/3 chance Aa). If they both are Aa, there is a 25% chance of offspring being affected (aa). 1/2 * 2/3 * 1/4 = 1/12 = (D). Edit: Haha excuse my necromancy, was prompted by a flag.
May
12
comment How does one verbally convey the equation used to describe the Förster distance of a donor and acceptor molecule?
In my experience it's preference of the speaker and an English-speaking audience would probably understand any of those phrasings: "natural log", "lynn", "el en" and the "of" is also optional, i.e. "natural log 10" and "natural log of 10" will probably be the same thing. There might be formal rules for your particular presentation which I don't know about, and I think you'd be most likely to get a useful answer on that on Maths.SE