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Are theoretical biochem/biophys questions "off-topic"?

I was just browsing through the biochemistry and biophysics tabs and noticed a question that was commented as being "off topic" and better posted in the Chemistry SE. How does one derive a ...
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Should we allow questions related to specific, experiment-related technologies?

I noticed this question, which has accumulated quite a few up and downvotes. My immediate thought was that it really doesn't have anything to do with biology and would be off-topic. Having said that, ...
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Would this site welcome an influx of technical synthetic biology Q&A?

We have decided to see if there is sufficient critical mass to start a complementary synthetic biology SE site (by analogy, "Electronics.SE" to this site's "Physics.SE"). If ...
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Are Fermi questions welcome?

Science does not always aim for exact numerical precision. So-called Fermi questions (questions that can be answered using Fermi's estimation technique) have been answered by science (not necessarily ...
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Spirit behind the term "biological concept" in the Help Center

The Help Center states here that questions about "biological concepts" are allowed. (Also note that the list is non-exhaustive, as it is captioned "..., including:".) What is the spirit behind ...
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What to do with out of scope wildlife questions

I recently suggested that the question How to help a wild baby parrot who cannot fly? be posted here, as the answer needed was out of scope at It was closed here, as out of scope as well. ...
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Why is my human physiology question off-topic?

My question on human physiology was closed as off-topic: Why are many unable to defecate and urinate simultaneously? The closing reason says: "Personal medical questions and health advice are off-...
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What is our stance on questions about muscle tightness?

What is our stance on questions about muscle tightness? Are they on-topic or off-topic? For example, the question: What metric is used when quantifying muscle tightness? attracted one close vote, ...
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Do questions on best cures (or cures in general) really belong here?

I was quite surprised to see this question at +4 score: It doesn't seem to show any initial research before asking a question. The question is too broad in this particular case and even if it wasn't: ...
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Why is the question about killing orangutans on topic?

I noticed this question: Why would villagers attack Orangutans? It has 2 upvotes, and as far as I can see, no close votes (maybe I still don't have the reputation to view them though). The link ...