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Comment Re:mRNA talks to people too (Score 1) 70

microRNA is a different beast from mRNA, though. mRNA stands for messenger RNA, the RNA molecule that transports the genetic information transcripted from the DNA in the nucleus to the ribosomes outside of the nucleus, for translation into proteins. Micro RNA, on the other hand, are short strands of RNA that attach to a "fitting" spot on a messenger RNA and thus affect its function in various ways.

Comment Re:A question about the microscope (Score 2) 60

Well, for one thing, electron microscopy is a destructive process, so if you actually want your sample back, you will likely use light microscopy. Also, electron microscopy cannot capture a moving thing (a living cell, for example), as it takes a lot of time and goes "pixel by pixel", instead of capturing a whole frame at once. I'm sure there are a lot of other reasons why light microscopy could be far more practical.

Comment Re:Truly (Score 5, Informative) 99

Why haven't the workers taken over and socialized the means of production yet? Why is our destiny as a species tied to the whims of a handful of super-wealthy idle parasites?

They did, in my country. And our destiny as a nation became tied to the whims of a handful of super-powerful idle parasites.

Submission + - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

unitron writes: Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience".

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