Naturally, we expect on a site like this that biology itself is discussed. But what about related things that concern biologists?

What I do know is that:

I think it would also be good if we could ask about specific things that would concern biologists of various kinds. For example, I have a specific question regarding insect preservation that would concern entomologists. I imagine other questions like lab procedures, cataloging formalities, and specimen acquisition would be very useful questions and attract practicing experts.

Are these questions allowed?

  • $\begingroup$ I couldn't wait and asked the question: How to protect my mounted insect specimens from ... insects? $\endgroup$ – fredsbend Aug 10 '16 at 23:51
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  • $\begingroup$ There are lots of question tagged with 'techniques' $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Sep 19 '16 at 12:22

Questions about the practice of biology are absolutely on-topic. In fact, there's a tag dedicated to it, and possibly others for other non-lab biological practitioners as well. This site is of, by, and for biologists, and many good questions relate to the day-to-day of our work:

and many, many more. There are also a plethora of questions regarding how to do theoretical genetics, online database searching and analysis, phylogenetic classification, sample collection in "the real world" (i.e., outside the lab), and others. If it directly relates to a branch of biology, go for it!


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