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My take on this is two-fold: First, SynBio is an extremely cross-disciplinary pursuit. This means that often the answer to a question doesn't fall into a category neatly. For example, my answer to your example question about differences between GFPmut3, EGFP, and sfGFP would be to point people to GFPmut3, despite the fact that it's an objectively worse ...


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As far as "how much" there is only one real metric: the minimum number of commitments. A proposal needs at least 200 people committed to use the site in order to succeed at the second phase. So if a community is smaller than 200 people, a Stack Exchange site is simply not for them yet. We have closed proposals where we have noticed the listed ...


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I'd like to add to the other answers a comparison with "Ask Ubuntu SE" and "Unix SE". There has been discussion for years on whether these two Stackexchanges should be merged, as Ubuntu is a UNIX OS. However, the response from the Ubuntu community when asked if they wanted to be merged is, as far as I can tell, always negative: see here ...


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To me it's because in platforms like SE you can not cover al chemistry nor biology in a single place. In the information era we would like to filter and focus our attention in delimited fields, like SynBio. Synthetic Biology even has its own nomenclature and metaphors so we talk in terms of genetic circuits, the repressilator, PoPs, MEFL, connect this NOR ...


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I am interested in this as well - I am an energy researcher for a non-profit and from our own research and discussion with colleagues, partners, academics, and funders there is a real need for a venue for Q&A and knowledge sharing in the energy domain. Energy is really big... touches every aspect of modern society big, and is only becoming more public as ...


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I think that there is now room for a "Blockchain" site now that the Bitcoin site has significantly narrowed it's scope. Ethereum is also less welcoming when it comes to generic Blockchain questions (mainly because Bitcoin was scooping those up); you can see here what is considered on topic. Problems with the proposal in the question: ...


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