Quora activity for June – December 2014

03 Jan

Quora is a question-and-answer site. You can view all my contributions here; selected highlights are listed below. I encourage you to check out the other answers submitted for each question, too!

I haven’t been as active as usual over the last few months; I took a break over the summer, and then entered the busiest few months of my professional life (as well as doing my usual full-time job I also helped organise and run the 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of the International Human Epigenome Consortium and the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment, and Health Research Consortium, then studied intensively for my Project Management Professional exam, which I passed just before Christmas). I still managed to write a few answers though!


Which cancer strains are contagious among humans and how can they be contracted?

Do you think the government knows the cure for many illnesses like cancer but hides the information to make more money off the unsuspecting general public?

What types of cancer are affected by epigenetics?


How difficult is epigenome sequencing, as compared to genome sequencing?

What are all the elements of an epigenome?

What are some great resources to teach epigenetics to a class?

Does DNA methylation and histone acetylation add to the amino acids of the histone or nucleotide?

Other Scientific Subjects

Why isn’t there a cure for Ebola yet? Is it as mysterious as HIV?

What does it mean to have a genetic predisposition to a disease?

Why are longer DNA sequencing read lengths preferred over shorter read lengths?

What are the most amusing figures or images from academic journals and articles?

Do siblings who share the same set of parents each have the same distribution of parental DNA? Can one sibling have more of one parent’s DNA or would the parental DNA distribution be equal?

Does a chromosome contain a thousand genes, or is it gene pairs (i.e. 2000 genes in all)?

About Scientific Research and Careers

Why are biologists so secretive of their data?

What happens to old scientific grant applications?

What’s competitive research funding?


What has been the toughest decision of your life? Did it turn out to be the right one?

What is the wittiest thing a child has ever said to you?

Is the term “agnostic atheist” a double negative?

What are the best examples of people “gaming the system”?

What’s the worst logo failure you have ever seen?

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