User talk:John Mackenzie Burke

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We're so glad you're here! Paul (talk) 13:29, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Nice work on the Genetics topics. It is good to have an expert around here, keep up the good work. AIRcorn (talk) 12:57, 28 April 2011 (UTC)


Invitation for a short research survey[edit]

Hi, I am a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University doing some research into editing and reverts on Wikipedia. I am looking for editors who have done some editing to Genetics articles on Wikipedia as participants in a short survey. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes, and will help me model what sorts of things are reverted on Wikipedia so that I can develop interfaces and tools for newcomers and administrators. If you would like to participate, please complete the survey on SurveyMonkey here. You can find out more about me on my user page and personal home page. I'm more than happy to talk more about this research on my talk page, and thank you for your time. JeffRz (talk) 19:50, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

your summary article[edit]

What is the exact nature of your article that the separate articles on RNA, DNA and proteins do not cover? Is there a way to merge this information into an existing article? (Perhaps on the central dogma of molecular biology article itself?) I did not delete it because it seemed like a useful essay, but essays do not fit our encyclopedic format. I hope you will find a way to fix it. Elle vécut heureuse à jamais (be free) 18:47, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

Antibiotic Resistance[edit]

I've just noticed that you changed the lead sentence in the antibiotic resistance article to specify that it results from a genetic change. I thought antibiotic resistance has been around pretty much as long as we know, i.e. some bacteria are inherently resistant to certain antibiotics. Not sure if the new wording implies that the change is a recent one, which would be a bit misleading. What are your thoughts? Zchahe7 (talk) 13:40, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Very good point. My intention was to convey that this genetic change could be either contemporaneous or ancient. I just rewrote the whole introductory paragraph, and hopefully this is clearer. Please feel free to make further improvements.

FYI, now that Google and Bing display the opening text of Wikipedia articles in their search results, I am trying to make the first sentence as straightforward, informative, and interesting as possible. Sometimes that means dissecting out qualifying phrases and moving them to the second or third sentence of the opening paragraph.

Thanks again for your suggestion, and all of your contributions. John Mackenzie Burke (talk) 15:11, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Yeah I agree that the first sentence needs to be as clear as possible. I think MonkeyJunky's recent edit made it more clear, as I don't think the word "contemporaneous" is in common parlance. Otherwise I like the way you rewrote it.

Zchahe7 (talk) 14:58, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

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Sanger sequencing[edit]

I've added one of the figures (shown below) I've been creating as part of my overhaul of the Genomics article to the lead section of Sanger sequencing as an overview image. This is a significant change, and as the most recent major editor of the article I welcome any feedback as to its content or appropriateness. Best regards, James Estevez (talk) 20:24, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Sanger-sequencing

I like it! Very nice, accurate and clear overview. Hope you are able to continue to contribute high quality graphics. --John Mackenzie Burke (talk) 21:55, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

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Human genome table 1[edit]

I love the table you added to the Human Genome article in September 2012, but I've been hunting around on the Ensembl website, and I can't find the sources for all your data. Some of it is on the chromosome summary pages (with slightly different numbers by now), but I can't find for each chromosome the total of protein-coding genes, rRNA genes, etc. I'd like to be able to confirm those numbers before I cite them in class. Can you help me? If so, I can also add links or clarification to the table legend to point other people to the sources. Thanks. Jbening (talk) 21:53, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

The table with the number of genes in each category was in version 68 of the database that was current at the time I added the table, but the two releases since then (for some unknown reason) lack those summaries. Ensembl 68 is still available in the archives: http://www.ensembl.org/info/website/archives/index.html For example, here is a live link to chromosome 15, with the data you are looking for: http://jul2012.archive.ensembl.org/Homo_sapiens/Location/Chromosome?r=15 Hope this helps. --John Mackenzie Burke (talk) 22:06, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Belated thanks! I just edited the reference to give a direct link to version 68. Jbening (talk) 19:28, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Enjoying listening to Vermont Public Radio interview[edit]

Hello - I'm enjoying the interview you participated in on VPR. KConWiki (talk) 19:54, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG Thank you for keeping Wikipedia clean as you did at personal genomics. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:34, 10 September 2014 (UTC)