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Long-time OSS user/admin, intermediate coder - I heart . Master of Science in Molecular Medicine, many years' experience in biotech working with antibodies and cell-based assays. Science and computer geek. Dad.


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comment Why do humans have the scratch reflex? Are there any benefits of it from the evolutionary point of view?
Not enough time for a real answer, but I see the scratch reflex as vital. It rids the body of irritants, such as burrs/thorns, insects walking around, poison ivy/oak/sumac/etc. oils, and more. In the cases where the irritant has already affected us (we got bit by the mosquito, a rash from poison has already developed), scratching focuses our attention on the site, and the ensuing irritation works as a strong warning to not keep performing whatever behavior resulted in the irritation in the first place.
Mar
28
revised Is there a formula for determining the % of ligand bound to a given receptor in a mixture with multiple ligands and receptors?
edited tags
Mar
27
comment R Tool and analysis of Gene Expression data from NCBI GEO datasets
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because coding questions belong on Stack Overflow.
Mar
26
reviewed Edit What R packages and software to use for multiple alignment and SNP calling on WGS .gb files?
Mar
26
revised What R packages and software to use for multiple alignment and SNP calling on WGS .gb files?
resolved abbreviations
Mar
25
comment How do BCAA's promote faster muscle recovery?
What are BCAAs? Please define acronyms when posting questions (and answers) here.
Mar
24
comment Primer Designing
Have you tried googling? There are many resources out there.
Mar
22
comment How are Stem Cells Produced for Stem Cell Based Therapies?
Can you give a reference to a particular therapy you're interested in? Different treatments use different protocols.
Mar
21
comment Should gene therapy safety protocol include isolation?
@Nederealm no, there's only one vector, delivered with a completely replication-deficient virus. Isolation of gene therapy patients is completely unnecessary.
Mar
21
comment Should gene therapy safety protocol include isolation?
@user137 you don't use lentiviral vectors in AIDS patients.
Mar
20
reviewed Approve Why do mitochondria fuse together?
Mar
20
revised Why can we use mouse-produced antibodies on mice tissues?
edited tags
Mar
19
comment What are the lower and upper hearing limits of the human ear?
Decibel limit for what? The lowest discernible sound? That depends on frequency, age of listener, etc. The level at which damage occurs? What kind of damage? The level at which deafness occurs? How quickly are you talking about? Seconds? Minutes? Instantaneously? Basically, please edit your question (don't respond in the comments) and clarify what exactly you're looking for. Otherwise, this question may be closed as "Too Broad" or "Unclear What You're Asking".
Mar
16
reviewed Leave Closed Reconstruction of wildlife distribution based on poorly-sampled data
Mar
16
reviewed Leave Open Can someone link me to resources on the efficiency of sticky end ligation?
Mar
16
revised Do transcription factors bind to both strands of DNA?
deleted 4 characters in body; edited title
Mar
16
comment By what mechanism does Risperidone swell breast tissue?
Could you add a reference for this?
Mar
16
reviewed Approve Can someone link me to resources on the efficiency of sticky end ligation?
Mar
15
revised Are there any de-novo genome assembly programs for HADOOP?
edited tags
Mar
14
reviewed Reopen What are genome wide functional linkages?