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Andrew replied to Andrew's discussion HI
"I havnt read either. But I've read other books by Carl Sagan. I think he's amazing! He's a very good writer. I would love to visit Australia some day. Nice to meet you and I am glad there are non scientists into science haha."
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Daniel replied to Andrew's discussion HI
"Hi Andrew! As a biologist I have all kinds of questions for you if your interested in talking shop."
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"Hi!I'm new too!"
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"Hi Andrew! I took the liberty of editing your subject line, as it wasn't making a link to be clicked on in Introductions. A belated welcome to Atheist Nexus."
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I'm a biologist around the philadelphia area! I love to discuss just about anything!See More
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We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.
-Dawkins

That splendid music, that coming in music, the elephant march from aida is the music I’ve chosen for my funeral. And you can see why… its triumphal. I wont feel anything but if I could I would feel triumphal at having lived at all, and having lived on this splendid planet and having given the opportunity to understand something about why I was here in the first place before not being here.
-Dawkins

I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesnt resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.
After That I liked jazz music
Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.

-Donald Miller

How can we encourage other human beings to extend their moral sympathies beyond a narrow locus? How can we learn to be mere human beings, shorn of any more compelling national, ethnic, or religious identity? We can be reasonable. It is in the very nature of reason to fuse cognitive and moral horizons. Reason is nothing less than the guardian of love.
-Sam Harris


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Unweaving the Rainbow
A Devil's Chaplain
The God Delusion
The Selfish Gene
Sex Drugs and DNA
The End of Faith
Letter to a Christian Nation
Infidel
Your Inner Fish

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At 9:16pm on July 14, 2010, Daniel said…
I found the link to be fascinating, did you notice the LUCA link? The picture is the commonly accepted picture of what happened (from what I understand) but another interesting idea is that eukaryotes are actually a fusion of archaea and bacteria.

What do you think about the 'horizontal' evolution processes as opposed to the lineage based evolution everyone imagines? It is also worth noting that many of the issues addressed in this topic came up recently regarding the co-evolution of fruit flies and bacteria.

Well is protein folding more of a topic looked at by biologists or something like particle physics? I understand that proteins can fold wrong and that leads to health issues but how does simulating the folding process even help?
At 11:42pm on June 28, 2010, Daniel said…
I'm also interested in protein folding; I've done my part to read about it but it feels like I'm still missing the point.
At 11:34pm on June 28, 2010, Daniel said…
At 9:53pm on June 13, 2010, Daniel said…
Have you read or learned about LUCA?
At 9:26pm on June 11, 2010, Little Name Atheist said…
Also, feel free to delete the spammer's comment from your wall.
At 9:26pm on June 11, 2010, Little Name Atheist said…
Sorry about the spam. I'll see if we can get the spammer suspended.
At 7:56pm on January 18, 2009, God said…
You should give up atheism and love Me instead.
At 12:27pm on December 23, 2008, Punk13 said…
its goin good. aside from being stuck in history class
At 12:46pm on August 9, 2008, Madeline (Brigit) said…
They are human embryonic kidney cells. They are used commonly to create stably transfected cells. But I haven't had to stably transfect anything, lol.
At 11:30am on August 3, 2008, Madeline (Brigit) said…
You've done some pretty cool stuff! I did my undergrad research in biochemistry, so I learned all the mol. bio. techniques in my first 2 years of grad school.
That monoclonal antibody project sounds pretty neat. The only time I had to take care of mammalian cell lines was during internship, and I just had to keep some HEK293 alive to do some electrophysiology. That's how I first was exposed to glutamate receptors.
That molecular teratology project sounds really interesting/cool. What is the background of it?

Protein NMR is just a tweak of regular NMR, kinda like the next step. We use three and four dimensions instead of one or two. We use special pulses to transfer the magnetization from one atom to another and we use deuterated protein, with 15N and 13C labels. This (Nature Structural Biology 7, 740 - 743 (2000)
doi:10.1038/78963) is a nice review of obtaining protein dynamics data out of NMR.
 
 
 

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