x chromosome inactivation should be illegal

also somatic hypermutation and vdj recombination
are these the most illegal phenomena in human biology? not sure but they have to be considered strong contenders
meiosis a dark horse candidate
in the non-human league programmed genome rearrangement in ciliates and kinetoplast what-the-fuckery clearly frontrunners
just reminded of pervasive rna editing in octopi, another powerful candidate

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7 Apr
ok heres the plan

u are allowed 5 QTs a day, infinite RTs cause why not i like RTs

infinite replies and likes but u can only reply 5 times in a single thread except u get one slapfight powerup per day that allows u to reply in one thread as much as u want
we keep the option of blocking replies because its hilarious, but also allow blocking QTs

also in addition to muting you can just turn the volume down on someone (actually i think fb has this option?
and you can specifically mute someone's tweets but not their replies

and you can turn off seeing replies and liked tweets in your TL
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7 Apr
just was reminded of that insane plant mimicry paper from years ago that seemed literally unbelievable i wonder whether that panned out
vine that mimics the leaves of whatever plant its growing on? oh yeah sure that makes sense IF THE PLANT HAS EYES
the evidence seemed pretty strong but COME ON
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6 Apr
@conor64 my very dumb idea is that academia is far too centralized, both in terms of institutions and geography
@conor64 i'd like to see an increase the number of academic institutions in non-major metro areas, less concentration of funding and power in a few elite institutions, less concentration in the northeast and west coast
@conor64 more small schools in the middle of nowhere

basically increase the surface area where academia and normal life interact
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6 Apr
we regret to inform you that what you thought was the bailey is actually a second motte

do you even defense in depth bro
congratulations you have reached the innermost defenses

do they look... strangely familiar? feeling a sense of deja vu?

oops did i neglect to tell you this fortress was designed by mc escher
you think its a pain to attack this place? brother i have to *live* here you have no idea
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6 Apr
have slowly grokked over past couple of years that many people have an (often unstated) assumption that free will is fundamentally dependent on consciousness

this is not an intuition i share and i think it has led to much mutul incomprehension over the years
i dont think its necessarily an unreasonable intuition, just not one that comes naturally to me
mutul
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i think maybe the most misunderstood aspect of the mRNA technology story is that, until recently, using it for vaccines was an afterthought
the killer app was supposed to be treating genetic diseases and whatnot
Moderna was not founded as a vaccine company and when they pivoted to vaccines it was viewed as a bad sign, because the tech wasn't working as well as they'd hoped (vaccines are not a moneymaker for pharma as a rule)
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