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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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Oct
29
comment Are Humans Evolving?
I would actually disagree with your premise that evolution occurs when there is an absence of mating between two populations. Evolution occurs when there is a selective pressure put on a population, and when random mutations give a survival/reproductive advantage against that selective pressure. It is possible for an entire species to undergo selective pressure - they then either adapt or die off.
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?
Oct
12
comment Preservation of human tissue
I would assume you're using gloves to handle them?
Oct
8
comment Does drinking spoiled milk that has been boiled upset the GI tract?
Toxins could be produced by the bacteria that spoiled the milk that wouldn't be destroyed by boiling. Similarly, spores could be formed that are impervious to boiling as well.
Oct
5
comment Why does K+ have more concentration inside of the cell compared to outside of the cell? Why is Na+ and Cl- the opposite?
Is this a homework question?
Oct
5
comment Whats the difference between voltage gated and ligand gated neurons?
Is this a homework question? If so, please read our homework policy. Essentially, we require that you attempt to answer your own question as much as possible, explaining your thinking on the matter and where you are stuck. We will not answer homework question without any effort on the questioner's part.
Oct
2
comment Can you get enough water by eating only fish?
small hole in your scenario - if you can cook fish, you should be able to boil seawater and condense the steam for desalinated water :)
Oct
1
comment Which types of blood vessels can regenerate in humans/mammals?
Is this by chance a homework question? If so, please read our homework policy. Essentially, we ask you to try and answer as much of the question yourself as you can, and put down your thinking on the parts you're not sure about.
Oct
1
comment Can you disconnect sensation from the brain without destroying muscle functions?
@user137 Leprosy is a disease primarily of the peripheral nerves, while nerves responsible for motion are often deeper. However, like I said the two tend to become bundled closer together the closer to the trunk (and spine) you get. I just don't think it would be plausible to selectively block sensory neurons without affecting motor neurons as well.
Sep
30
comment Can you disconnect sensation from the brain without destroying muscle functions?
It's possible to block hearing, or sight (especially sight- just block the optic nerve), but destroying feeling in the body would be neigh-on impossible without completely paralyzing someone. The nerves for muscle control and sensation are bundled very close to each other the farther up the extremity you go, and by the time you get to the spinal cord they're all mashed in there together.
Sep
30
comment What percent of your blood can you lose before you need a transfusion
@anongoodnurse I agree.
Sep
29
comment What percent of your blood can you lose before you need a transfusion
@anongoodnurse a significant drop in blood pressure, along with a commensurate increase in heartrate, is often used as a "back of the envelope" measure of blood loss.
Sep
28
comment Safety of cobalt-chromium and nickel-chromium dental implants
Alloys have completely different chemical properties than their component elements. Elemental mercury is liquid, and is toxic, but when alloyed into amalgam it is perfectly safe, and has been used in dental fillings for a very long time with no negative effects. The same is true of cobalt and chromium alloys - they are chemically bonded to the other elements in the alloy, making a new molecule, and cannot "leach out" without the chemical bonds being broken, which cannot happen in the mouth or at standard cooking temperatures. Hence, they are safe for food prep and for fillings/implants.
Sep
28
comment Is carbohydrate an important part of phospholipid?
Similar question: what are the elements in glycerol?