I just found this question. I believe this question to be off-topic, because it is really a statistics question, belonging to Cross Validated. However I couldn't select Cross Validated in the list of possible options, I could only select 'biology.meta.stackexchange.com'.

On Stack Overflow, I remember to be able to select a whole lot of options. Why not here?

Not sure if this is a feature-request or a bug, so tagging both.

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    $\begingroup$ biology.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/464/… $\endgroup$
    – canadianer
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ @canadianer Ah overlooked that. But that answer was during beta, Biology moved out of Beta right? $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but I think this reasoning still applies: Migration paths are usually only enabled... if there is a significant number of migrated questions. $\endgroup$
    – canadianer
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ @canadianer OK, So you think migration to CV is rare? I'll flag it for moderator attention and see what happens. Meanwhile, I will leave this question open and see if anyone answers. $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 20:55
  • $\begingroup$ Well, really, I have no idea. I just thought that thread was relevant. You should leave it open to get an authoritative answer. $\endgroup$
    – canadianer
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 20:58
  • $\begingroup$ @RHA To get a proper answer to this question in CV, the statistics people must have a domain knowledge of Mendelian genetics, which I think is very unlikely, that's the reason why I posted in Bio. Meanwhile Brayan's answer covered all that the question could receive. $\endgroup$
    – Tyto alba
    Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 9:40

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General answer on flagging for off-topic
The off topic reasons are limited to Chemistry. Perhaps because of a long gone meta post or something, who knows. One way or another, if you wish to close vote because it should go to Health, CogSci, or what have you, please consider making a custom-made close vote using 'Off topic, because' - -- 'Other' and write a customary reason.

If you do this, please advise on migration only for top-notch questions. I see quite a lot of below-average questions getting redirected to CogSci, which is not beneficial to a fragile beta site like that.

Specific answer for off-topicness of statistics questions
The linked question is a question on the statistics behind Mendelian genetics. That is statistics, yes, but applied to a classical field of Biology and hence a subject fitting perfectly on our site in my opinion. Also see the post here on closing supposedly borderline questions that received a valid answer within this site's conventions.

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    $\begingroup$ I think this answer is particularly relevant in light of yours. $\endgroup$
    – canadianer
    Commented Apr 3, 2017 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ I can't make a close vote (yet), I can only Flag questions. So the question is about flagging, not about close votes. $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 20:47

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