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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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Nov
24
comment plot the nucleosome distance to TSS
@flybird if you have additional information to add, please edit your question and put it there. Code in comments is unreadable.
Nov
23
comment T-cells Question
no worries, I just wanted to get you to think a little more deeply, and it looks like you did. Great job!
Nov
23
comment Is it biologically possible for an adult's eye color to change?
At any rate, personal medical questions are off-topic on Biology.SE. Please consult a medical professional for your particular situation.
Nov
23
comment T-cells Question
Can you add some reasoning as to why the other options are not correct? A is wrong, by the way. Think about vaccination, and what its goal is. When do we get vaccinated, and why? What is it trying to do?
Nov
19
comment What is the chance that insects derive from extraterrestrial organisms?
insects are animals...
Nov
18
comment Does the Peptide bond produce water in our organism?
@canadianer I suppose it would depend on the cell type and what it's doing. An active muscle cell hydrolyzing ATP at a rapid clip would probably be different than an inactive neuron, for example.
Nov
17
comment Can we determine a person's age by dating methods or other means?
Have you read the Wikipedia article? In the very first paragraph it states that the object to be tested must be dead, as it stops exchanging carbon with the environment. So, no.
Nov
17
comment Why are there no marine birds?
Penguins are probably one of the farthest along the evolutionary path you describe, as they spend a large amount of time in the water, not just on the water.
Nov
14
comment Sequence analysis software suites
@Superbest please back up your statement with data that GUIs are "much less efficient." With today's modern multi-core computers and huge amounts of available RAM, the cost of running a graphical interface is not terribly high, considering that most users will be using one anyway. I am perfectly comfortable using Linux through the command line, and I am rather proficient in Python, but if pointing and clicking makes a one-off job easier than writing a new program for it, I'll do it. You say it's not elitism, but the rest of your comment is as elitist as they come.
Nov
5
comment How do diving marine mammals avoid decompression sickness?
Could you please add some references to your answer?
Nov
3
comment Do blind people learn Braille equally fast as the sighted?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about learning a language.
Oct
30
comment What impacts penetrance of Huntington's disease?
and your question is?
Oct
30
comment What are the structual differences between DNA and RNA?
good answer, but could you add some references of where you got the images?
Oct
27
comment Identify the pink mold infecting refrigerated lemons
Whatever it is, I would not consume the lemon juice. The chances of toxins being present are just too high.
Oct
24
comment Nature Scientific Reports vs. BMC Genomics
@blmoore thanks for the clarification. I've been working on non-publishable proprietary projects for a number of years in industry, so I haven't kept up to the minute on which journals are open-access.
Oct
23
comment Nature Scientific Reports vs. BMC Genomics
Personally, I would go for PLOS ONE, just because I am a big proponent of open-access publishing. I'm not sure about the BMC family, but Nature is notorious for its closed-access policies. I think that if your work was funded in any way by public grants (such as from the NIH in the US), your research should be open for all citizens to read if they want. I'm sure this argument has gone on long tangents on Academia.SE, but that's my view of things :) At any rate, do some research on different impact factors, and their relative advantages and disadvantages, then have a chat with your PI.
Oct
18
comment MRI with lots of white matter.
Why are you asking? Personal medical questions are off-topic for Biology.SE, as we cannot safely provide medical advice.
Oct
18
comment Nystagmus drug FDA approval?
googling for the drug name will tell you if it's available. Based on my 4 seconds of research, the first two are.
Oct
17
comment When we vomit how are the contents transferred to stomach/esophagus?
Blood cannot be detoxified by vomiting - that's the job of the liver and kidneys. There is no "reverse transport" from bloodstream to stomach - it all goes the other way. Vomiting mainly serves to remove irritants from the stomach.
Oct
12
comment Visualizing GFP in transgenic rice seeds?
395 nm is not quite UV, so if you're not getting a strong enough signal (depending on the exact wavelength your transluminator emits, and the excitation profile of your protein), you could try using a purple light bulb. You can sometimes find them in big-box home centers like Home Depot, Lowes, etc., and you should also be able to find them at party stores. BTW, are you using GFPuv?