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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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reviewed Leave Closed Why does chewing enrage me?
Jul
16
reviewed Close What is the word to describe a symptom that when people did something, they tend to do it again without noticing about it?
Jul
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to recognize a conserved motifs of the protein
Jul
15
comment Mesoporous silica particles as anti cancer drug delivery method
I work in the pharma/biotech industry. Nanotechnology in general is a very active field of research. The issues with any new delivery system are two-fold - the first is being able to prove safety and efficacy, which is no small task, and the second is development time. It can take 10-15 years or more for a novel therapeutic to reach the market, and that's with a "standard" delivery system like a pill or infusion. Developing and getting approval for something entirely new like this would add even more time to the pipeline, which is why you haven't seen it on the market yet.
Jul
15
revised How did these apples grow together?
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Jul
15
answered Effect of steroid hormone on specific cells?
Jul
13
comment Regarding signalling pathways
"There are no inhibitors of signal transduction occuring in cells." Are you talking about small molecules? There are plenty of specific inhibitors of signal transduction, they just happen to be proteins for the most part, and not all of them are phosphatases. Each signaling pathway is very tightly regulated by a variety of mechanisms, including second messangers (which are technically small molecules).
Jul
11
comment Diffusion of Hypotonic solution into solution with glucose and starch
Link to Meta discussion
Jul
11
reviewed Reopen which signalling pathway is involved in cancer?
Jul
11
reviewed Close Are common eye defects inherited?
Jul
11
reviewed Close Diffusion of Hypotonic solution into solution with glucose and starch
Jul
11
reviewed Close Why does pasta really boil over?
Jul
10
reviewed Reviewed Is there any research paper state the pros and cons for human to be taller?
Jul
10
comment Is there any research paper state the pros and cons for human to be taller?
Link-only answers can become obsolete if the content changes or the page disappears. Instead, please summarize the information found in the link in the body of your answer, and provide the link for reference. The answer should be able to stand on its own without the external resource.
Jul
8
answered What does the term 'modified residue position' in phosphorylation mean?
Jul
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Biology Analogy
Jul
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awarded  Curious
Jun
29
comment will an earthworm survive after covering its skin with a wet cloth
If it's submerged, it won't be able to. But, if the environment is just damp, it will be fine. It's the difference between covering it with a soaking-wet paper towel, and one that has been dampened, then squeezed out some.
Jun
29
comment will an earthworm survive after covering its skin with a wet cloth
sorry, it was a double negative. Yes, given sufficient oxygen and a steady supply of moisture, the worm should be able to survive quite happily for some time.
Jun
29
revised will an earthworm survive after covering its skin with a wet cloth
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