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by DocLightning
Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best-looking aircraft of today
Replies: 30
Views: 885

Re: Best-looking aircraft of today

I mean...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jan 23, 2022 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.
Replies: 23
Views: 5894

Re: Stowaway found alive at AMS after African flight.

Topped out at FL 340. But man, that's a long flight. How he managed to stay alive... I'd be interested in more details if they should become available.

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by DocLightning
Fri Jan 21, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy
Replies: 20
Views: 2280

Re: Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy

There is zero chance of the Belarusian officials spending time in jail any time soon. Perhaps not, but they now have to live the rest of their lives restricted from going to countries that might honor extradition treaties with the US. Moreover, if they use any Western financial services, the US cou...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jan 06, 2022 6:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years of the Euro
Replies: 78
Views: 3962

Re: 20 years of the Euro

I was 18 at the time, I remember it was a change of course, but not a difficult one, For some reason, I thought you and I were closer in age. I was 24 on that day, and I was visiting a friend who had a chalet in Switzerland, just on the border with France. I was impressed with how smoothly it went,...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jan 05, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to
Replies: 54
Views: 2396

Re: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to

I've departed from BCN twice, but never landed there. On both trips we flew into MAD.

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by DocLightning
Sat Jan 01, 2022 3:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Betty White passes away at age 99
Replies: 20
Views: 1241

Re: Betty White passes away at age 99

Paula Poundstone tweeted: “You know what’s really great? We told Betty White that we loved her while she was still alive.”

Well lived, Mrs. White. Well lived, indeed.

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strong headwinds in the US causing issues this week
Replies: 62
Views: 12897

Re: Strong eastbound headwinds causing problems over the US this week.

Is flightaware correct showing the DL BOS-LAX flights clocking at 8 hours on December 26th? https://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL458/history/20211226/2339Z/KBOS/KLAX Altitude graph is all kinds of weird, too. Perhaps they were trying to stay under the jet stream? They started off at FL 260, then ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strong headwinds in the US causing issues this week
Replies: 62
Views: 12897

Re: Strong eastbound headwinds causing problems over the US this week.

This is a common enough issue. In 2008, right around this time of year (12/28 or 12/29) I took a VX A319 from JFK to SFO. It took almost 7 hours and we passed over Washington State and Oregon on our way home. I see your 7h20, and I raise you an hour........ https://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWG467...

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 29, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown
Replies: 81
Views: 6370

Re: Airbus A320 - Who's have you flown

That's a big question. Let's see:
HP
US
DL
AA
UA
B6
NW...so much NW.
VX/AS
JQ
IB
LH (including the first ever A320NEO).
AF (A318, A319, A320, A321)
BA

I think that's it.

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by DocLightning
Tue Dec 28, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 11011

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

The A330 family was basically the result. Airbus took the fuselage mold lines of the A300/A310 (and even the same tailfin, really) and then added new wings. With that came entirely new systems with full FBW (which they had perfected with the A320) and of course new engines.

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by DocLightning
Tue Dec 28, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Short haul climb and cruise question...
Replies: 16
Views: 2187

Re: Short haul climb and cruise question...

Don't some engine manufacturers recommend a short period of cruise before descending to allow the engines to equilibrate or something?

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by DocLightning
Tue Dec 28, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Well, the idea is not for it to be a threat, but simply a way for them to pay for what they are costing society in quite a literal way. They've got me jaded enough that I don't care that they are dying by the hundreds in ICUs, I just don't want to be paying for it. Yes, but then they actually have ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Dec 27, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA hub at San Juan ever again?
Replies: 10
Views: 1360

Re: AA hub at San Juan ever again?

A Caribbean hub for a US carrier just doesn't make sense to me. I think of a hub as a place where the carrier can collect passengers from various stations around the hub and then connect them to ongoing destinations. Within the continental US, we see that hubs are positioned around the nation in maj...

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by DocLightning
Sun Dec 26, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I would have no problem with the unvaccinated if they were made to pay fully out of pocket for their Covid care and were given lower priority for hospital admission. For the first part of your proposal, I'm afraid I have to disagree. You're dealing with a group of people who believe that it won't h...

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by DocLightning
Thu Dec 16, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Woman Breastfeeds Cat on Delta Flight, Refuses to Put Cat Back in Bag.
Replies: 31
Views: 2838

Re: Woman Breastfeeds Cat on Delta Flight, Refuses to Put Cat Back in Bag.

vikkyvik wrote:
Y'all stop these puns right meow.


We will not stop, we will not paws.

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Woman Breastfeeds Cat on Delta Flight, Refuses to Put Cat Back in Bag.
Replies: 31
Views: 2838

Re: Woman Breastfeeds Cat on Delta Flight, Refuses to Put Cat Back in Bag.

casinterest wrote:
DocLightning wrote:
Sounds like a cat-astrophic situation.



Just lap it up .


Think someone is trying to milk this for publicity?

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by DocLightning
Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holes or gaps in the upper surface of trailing edge flap segments?
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

Re: Holes or gaps in the upper surface of trailing edge flap segments?

These different flap designs have names - simple/plain, slotted, Fowler, etc. You are referring to slotted flaps where gaps are visible, or if they extend outward from the wing and then additional sections open, a slotted Fowler design. The benefit of slotted flaps is a higher efficiency of lift - ...

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by DocLightning
Sat Dec 11, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest air trip made.
Replies: 49
Views: 3786

Re: Craziest air trip made.

I wanted to fly in a 747-8. I also wanted to sit in seat 1A on a 747 of any type at some point in my life. My husband, a points geek, figured out how to make it happen in the spring of 2019 after a Tahitian cruise. We flew PPT-AKL. Spent a night in AKL. Then AKL-SIN-BLR. In BLR we boarded D-ABYM and...

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by DocLightning
Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I'm not a viral expert, but it is very unlikely the T-cells won't still work Bummer on the antibodies as the article notes this variant probably evolved in a HIV patient where the virus had months of forced evolution (my words) with all the anti-bodies its seen. Unfortunately, we probably have an a...

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by DocLightning
Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul
Replies: 42
Views: 7966

Re: Lufthansa to launch buy on board for long haul

In Premium Economy?. Did they miss the word "Premium?"

If you're going to charge for a premium product, then you don't do this.

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by DocLightning
Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50849

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

When the 77X goes into service, it will be the largest airliner currently in production, but it will still be smaller than the A380 and I believe slightly smaller than the 744. There are multiple large trunk routes that do require the capacity of this aircraft and it will not have the airfield and f...

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by DocLightning
Wed Nov 17, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VN officially launches nonstop SGN-SFO scheduled service using the 787-9
Replies: 108
Views: 17397

Re: VN officially launches nonstop SGN-SFO scheduled service using the 787-9

- Due to technical limitation of the A359 and B789, VN has to decrease ~100 pax per flight. Means that it will only sell only 210-220 seats instead of 300. That's the load factor. UA operates SFO-SIN with a 789 and SQ operates it with an A359. That route is around 500 nmi longer than SGN-SFO. Why i...

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by DocLightning
Tue Nov 16, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VN officially launches nonstop SGN-SFO scheduled service using the 787-9
Replies: 108
Views: 17397

Re: VN officially launches nonstop SGN-SFO scheduled service using the 787-9

Why they didn't pick SJC instead? I believe the Vietnamese community is mostly in the South Bay, which will be much more convenient. 1) There's actually quite a Vietnamese community in the North Bay, as well. 2) SJC doesn't have the connections that SFO does. 3) SJC doesn't have the services (premi...

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by DocLightning
Tue Nov 16, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Covid zero did not fail in Australia and NZ. It was actually incredibly successful. Until Delta. The real concern I am having now is that why the pharmaceutical companies are so confident with using the original Covid vaccine and not a Beta/Delta specific vaccine. Because the immune system is going...

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by DocLightning
Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Why vaccinate if you will never encounter the virus? Why have smoke detectors if your house will never burn down? You never know when you will encounter it and once you do, it is far too late to get vaccinated. Do you know how many patients I've told they have COVID and suddenly they ask if they ca...

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by DocLightning
Tue Nov 09, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: People who've had LASIK and PRK surgeries, chime in!
Replies: 25
Views: 1318

Re: People who've had LASIK and PRK surgeries, chime in!

I had LASIK done in 2000. I still have 20/15 vision on the right, 20/13 on the left and I am 44. I still don't need reading glasses, either. The first month is a bit rough. For the first week or two, my eyes really didn't work very well in low-light conditions and I had a lot of temporary blur that ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Nov 08, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The cost and reasons for building Northwest's DTW WorldGateway in 2000-2002
Replies: 99
Views: 14377

Re: The cost and reasons for building Northwest's DTW WorldGateway in 2000-2002

This is a little off topic, but why do you refuse to call it the McNamara terminal? Because I hate eponymizing everything. I grew up in SE Michigan and I had no idea who this Ed McNamara guy was. Moreover, Washington National didn't need to get named after Reagan and Houston Intercontinental was fi...

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by DocLightning
Sun Nov 07, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The cost and reasons for building Northwest's DTW WorldGateway in 2000-2002
Replies: 99
Views: 14377

Re: The cost and reasons for building Northwest's DTW WorldGateway in 2000-2002

The airport desperately needed a new terminal, the Smith and Davey terminals served a different era of aviation (the Smith terminal was a wonderful anachronism when it closed and the Davey main building really was a wonderful piece of architecture that nobody remembers because the rest of the termi...

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by DocLightning
Sun Nov 07, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Parked 757's
Replies: 47
Views: 9933

Re: United Airlines Parked 757's

Noob question: what does the s in “sUA” stand for, and what is the “PS layout”? The "s" stands for "subsidiary" and refers to the pre-merger UA assets. You will also see "l-UA" (legacy) or "pm-UA" (pre-merger) used in the same way. I use "pm," but i...

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by DocLightning
Sun Oct 31, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Confirming what we already know: vaccinated transmit: Yes, and people wearing seatbelts die. I'm getting tired of posting the same studies over and over again showing the faster fall-off for vaccinated breakthrough cases https://www.cdc.gov/library/covid19/images/august2021/0813_FIG4.png source: CD...

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by DocLightning
Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dune (no spoilers)
Replies: 13
Views: 941

Re: Dune (no spoilers)

It was a work of artistry. The cinematography was amazing. The choice of landscapes was perfect. The set design was perfect and conveyed the deep history of civilization while not distracting from the action. The casting was spot-on. I thought that the first two attempts (1984 and 2000) featured som...

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by DocLightning
Fri Oct 22, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did the A340-600 turn out to be vastly inferior to the 777-300ER when the 343 was able to do quite well against 772?
Replies: 61
Views: 6908

Re: Why did the A340-600 turn out to be vastly inferior to the 777-300ER when the 343 was able to do quite well against

What I'm interested to know is why some airlines bought the A346. VS presumably did so because of "4 engines 4 long haul." But what about TG and LH? For LH: they had a sizable fleet of A343s already in house at the time, as well as large and growing fleet of Airbus narrow bodies. Plus it ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Oct 22, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did the A340-600 turn out to be vastly inferior to the 777-300ER when the 343 was able to do quite well against 772?
Replies: 61
Views: 6908

Re: Why did the A340-600 turn out to be vastly inferior to the 777-300ER when the 343 was able to do quite well against

What I'm interested to know is why some airlines bought the A346. VS presumably did so because of "4 engines 4 long haul." But what about TG and LH?

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by DocLightning
Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is "Detroit-style" pizza a thing?
Replies: 64
Views: 3549

Re: Is "Detroit-style" pizza a thing?

readytotaxi wrote:
They do however offer an English Roast dinner Pizza, English Style Roast Beef With Sage & Onion Stuffing, Roast Potato Slices And Red Onions, All On A Red Wine Gravy Base.


The English do have a long and storied history of culinary violence. :ill: :stirthepot:

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by DocLightning
Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Was the Boeing 737, the aircraft you have flown on, most often?
Replies: 44
Views: 3510

Re: Was the Boeing 737, the aircraft you have flown on, most often?

I grew up in Detroit, so as a kid through my college years, I spent a truly obscene amount of time on NW DC-9s, A320s, and 757s. I'm not sure if the total 737 time I've had in the years since I left home will ever be enough to overcome that, since I still get a fair amount of A320 time for my domest...

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by DocLightning
Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?
Replies: 41
Views: 10162

Re: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?

CowAnon wrote:
This apparently was one of McDonnell Douglas's earlier concepts for a DC-10 derivative:


Very cool, but wouldn't moving the engines aft of the wing require moving the wing further aft to accommodate the new CG?

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by DocLightning
Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are the latest updates regarding PW4000-112 and when is it estimated to return to service?
Replies: 29
Views: 5081

Re: What are the latest updates regarding PW4000-112 and when is it estimated to return to service?

bbj2captain wrote:
Currently, UAL is modifying the inlet cowl as a "work ahead" of regulators.


Why would a modification to the inlet cowl prevent an uncontained failure? Or are we talking about the fan case?

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by DocLightning
Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody
Replies: 105
Views: 5449

Re: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody

I'm guessing you departed JFK on a Wednesday- that was the traditional quietest transatlantic day where you often saw flights not operate, operate with smaller equipment, or flights combined. SR usually operated JFK-GVA & JFK-ZRH both daily except Wednesday when there was just JFK-GVA-ZRH. That...

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by DocLightning
Sun Oct 17, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody
Replies: 105
Views: 5449

Re: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody

I think my shortest widebody flight would have been GVA-ZRH (125 nmi) on a SR 743 back in the 1980s. I think it was late 1986. I don't remember how long it was (I was 9) but it was really short. We were going to ZRH but we had come from JFK. For whatever reason, SR did a "milk run" through...

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by DocLightning
Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor
Replies: 268
Views: 45234

Re: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor

blockski wrote:
Are people familiar with the Q70 bus? It seems like there are a lot of reactions to this based on the idea of riding a city bus. It has special branding (LaGuardia Link), luggage racks, etc:


Yes, I took it several times. It seemed to spend more time stopped than moving.

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by DocLightning
Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC-10: Whose (NOT who's!) have you flown on?
Replies: 28
Views: 1148

Re: DC-10: Whose (NOT who's!) have you flown on?

UA
NW
CO
CP
And I think NZ.

I never did make aboard an MD-11

It's a short list, but I've spent a *LOT* of time on DC-10s, mostly NW.

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by DocLightning
Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor
Replies: 268
Views: 45234

Re: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor

To say it again: If you are coming from, say, Manhattan, it would be faster to take the Subway to Jackson Heights, and then transfer to the Q70 bus than it would be to take a much longer subway trip to Willets Point, and then take the AirTrain. Until there's a traffic jam, which happens a lot in NY...

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by DocLightning
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: So sick of all these cancelled flights
Replies: 24
Views: 3107

Re: So sick of all these cancelled flights

Why are you absolving travelers of their end of responsibility? We are not in an economic or operational space where people can expect everything to go smoothly right now - if people expect otherwise, that's on them for not doing their homework. Anyone working in almost any industry is aware of the...

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by DocLightning
Mon Oct 11, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: During a standing takeoff on a water-injected aircraft like the early 707, when does the water start?
Replies: 17
Views: 2630

Re: During a standing takeoff on a water-injected aircraft like the early 707, when does the water start?

Somewhere on this forum is a description of the procedure by a retired KLM 747 pilot, probably in this very Tech/Ops forum. If you search, you might be able to find it. And if you do find it, please link it here. I'm not in a place to be doing a deep search at the moment.

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by DocLightning
Mon Oct 11, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Neat, thanks! Sorry to bug you about it, but I took a cell biology course this spring and find this kind of thing super interesting. I'd also say that we're at the extent of my personal knowledge about it, so if you want to know more details, you'll need to look up codon optimization. If you learn ...

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by DocLightning
Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Right, but why are certain tRNAs more abundant in some species and less in others, and is that something that can change over time? There's probably some subtle advantages for certain codons over others that may favor one species vs. another, but most likely it's mostly just random. Primates favor ...

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by DocLightning
Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 512
Views: 40471

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

So if I'm understanding this correctly, "optimization" depends on relative abundance of tRNAs? Curious how that's controlled biologically. Each species has a different abundance of each tRNA. So, for example (and I'm just pulling these out of my ear) in all organisms, leucine is coded by ...

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