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by wildfunguy
Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: formatted word list for word processor
Replies: 0
Views: 1582

formatted word list for word processor

I'm looking for a list of biology words separated by new lines, so that I can program a macro to add all the words to my word processor's dictionary. Any list of biology words will do, so inform me about other options. However, this site has a particularly impressive dictionary of terms. If the admi...
by wildfunguy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:31 am
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Virus Questions [Science Fiction]
Replies: 3
Views: 8002

Don't listen to him. he has no imagination. Viruses can't translate their genetic material into proteins except by hijacking a cell. It will have to build its body from inside the host. Maybe this virus hijacks the reproductive system to grow itself. Unfortunately, I don't see how something as compl...
by wildfunguy
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: translation from DNA
Replies: 5
Views: 14152

Maybe translation enzymes introduce more errors.
Maybe it never evolved because having a mutant ribosome attacking your DNA inevitably kills you.
by wildfunguy
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: translation from DNA
Replies: 5
Views: 14152

Even if that system would be more successful, could we have transitioned to it through gradual mutation and selection, or were we stuck with what we got?
by wildfunguy
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Dr. Jobe Martin Arguments
Replies: 10
Views: 28301

Don't like evolution? Develop your own competing theory that explains everything evolution explains and more.
by wildfunguy
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: one joke
Replies: 21
Views: 41650

Tiktaalik: "Mr. Behe, wake up!"
by wildfunguy
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: one joke
Replies: 21
Views: 41650

Tiktaalik walks into a bar...
by wildfunguy
Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:59 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Mitochondrial DNA
Replies: 6
Views: 12143

What "strategies"? And who is the "we" here - all eukaryotes? all organisms that are stuck with their inherited genetics, are exclusively sexual, have long generation times, place large investments in few offspring, and whose success depends on which chromosomes they recombine t...
by wildfunguy
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Mitochondrial DNA
Replies: 6
Views: 12143

This is a potentially interesting topic since our mitochondria are non-recombinatory, and our strategies may not be adapted for non-recombinatory evolution. This directly relates to whether our mtDNA should be evolving and not just "stabilizing".
by wildfunguy
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Mitochondrial DNA
Replies: 6
Views: 12143

Re: Mitochondrial DNA

There are genetic diseases caused by defects carried on the mitochondrial chromosome that can have clear phenotypic consequences. http://www.umdf.org/site/c.8qKOJ0MvF7LUG/b.7934627/k.3711/What_is_Mitochondrial_Disease.htm But a quick read suggests they don'y produce "traits" like the dist...
by wildfunguy
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could Hardy-Weinberg terminology be more precise?
Replies: 0
Views: 1490

Could Hardy-Weinberg terminology be more precise?

I just noticed how well the Hardy-Weinberg principle suits the definitions of the terms. Wonderfully, they seem to have encompassed all possibilities, but the five (or six) mechanisms of change seem to overlap on the scenarios they can describe. Could biologists simplify the concepts into something ...
by wildfunguy
Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Is talent inherited?
Replies: 44
Views: 65617

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Banderi wrote:P.S. I'm not lurking 24/7. I was just happening to check for answers at the right moment.


Oh... I thought you were stalking me. :(