Pardon my complete ignorance

Debate and discussion of any biological questions not pertaining to a particular topic.
New forum link: ... discussion

Moderators: honeev, Leonid, amiradm, BioTeam

The new Biology Online has arrived!

We are very pleased to announce the website's new design and features. As a biology website pioneer in 2001, it has grown to become the world's most comprehensive online database for biology terms and topics. Thus, we would like to invite you to take part in this significant milestone by checking out these latest features from Biology Online.

Biology Dictionary

The largest online biology dictionary with over 70,000 biology terms! Learn various topics, concepts, and principles in biology. Start by searching here.

Biology Articles

Get the latest biology news, insights, trends and discoveries in biology and other related research fields. We have over 5,000 articles you can choose from.

Biology Tutorials

From the basics to the more advanced lessons, our tutorials will help you learn various topics in biology. Browse from over 100 free biology lessons here.

New Biology Forum

We hold one of the largest discussion boards in biology online! Join our community by signing up here or log in here if you already registered with us before.

Thank you and we hope you will join us as the site continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

Biology Online Team

Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:37 pm

Pardon my complete ignorance

Post by TaAncel » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:12 pm

My fourth year project is a bit odd for a computer sci student next year. For extra credit i need to have add a bit of "biology" into my project.

Sorry for my English and silly simple questions :wink:

What is the most simple single cell organism that exists?(Least amount of genes and bases)
So far i can only find (E. coli)

Is there an algorithm or set of rules that dictate what genes do when they are combined?

User avatar
Inland Taipan
Inland Taipan
Posts: 5694
Joined: Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:12 pm

Post by JackBean » Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:06 pm

they do always the same, the question is, whether their function is combined (or how)

Cis or trans? That's what matters.