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From: John Rhodes <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] nomenclature, references
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 10:13:35 -0400 (EDT)
Thank you, Ann, for your help with this message.
In a message dated 7/17/2007 6:09:04 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Would it be too much to ask that contributors here take some pains to
> define enough terms so that a newbie can understand more than a
> single paragraph without resorting to a glossary?
Frankly, yes -- but please don't take that the wrong way. It would be nearly
impossible to make every message completely self-contained, and I think you'll
find people are quite willing to explain something if you ask a specific
question. Especially since you have demonstrated your willingness to do some
homework! Good online resources for terminology are http://onelook.com (with links
to various dictionaries and sometimes whole articles in Wikipedia) and the
Google "define:" operator, e.g. a search for
brings up many definitions, and sometimes one particular way of phrasing
things will give you the "Aha!" experience.
> Also, It would help if I knew the URL to Doug McDonald's website.
This is another example of how we don't always make messages completely
self-contained. I mentioned the website recently and gave the URL
then subsequent messages omitted it. The list archives show threaded
messages, so you can sometimes backtrack and find the context. This URL brings up
July's messages, most recent at the top.