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Why does migration distance depend on log of molecular weight in SDS-PAGE?

I really want to know why in the result of SDS PAGE, log of molecular weight(MW) and migration distance (distance from the loading well) have a linear relationship. Why is it log(MW) instead of MW? ...
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Phase Transitions of Purified Proteins

Why do solutions of purified protein condense into droplet phases? I'm trying to understand the protein phase transitions. Here is the article http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(12)00634-4#...
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What are necessary parameters for a tissue scaffold to be biodegradable?`

I am a mechanical engineer with little biological experience, but I have recently been looking at tissue scaffoldings. My current understanding is as follows, but may be flawed. I would appreciate ...
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Photosynthetic efficiency and light harvesting efficiency

Is there some sort of measure of the light harvesting efficiency (possibly like transfer time) that is directly related to the photosynthetic efficiency in some sort of equation? Also, how important ...
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Infrared emitting diode eye safety

I'm thinking of creating my own laser tag system and am a bit concerned about the eye safety aspect. Most of the homebrew system I've seen use the TSAL 6100 diode(http://www.vishay.com/docs/81009/...
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How to get a pdb file of a single atom?

I am trying to get a pdb file that contains a single atom, it doesn't matter if it's Hydrogen or another atom. How can I obtain this? Are there any pdb files with just a single atom available to ...
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Do trees have genes for stopping the grow?

Do trees have genetically encoded to stop growing at some height, to keep dividing the cells only to a certain amount, or to pump nutritions only till it's advantageous because they've already ...
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How to use the law of diffusion in the presence of electric forces?

Isn't the movement of ions affected by the electric field as well? For instance, when a sodium channel in a cell's membrane opens, the sodium ions are said to diffuse into the cell, from higher ...
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Interaction study of oligomeric proteins

I'm dealing with two different protein(say, protein_a and protein_b) which stays in an interacting-oligomeric form in biological system. I have so far successfully been able to purify both the ...
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How spermaceti makes a whale float

In the biochemistry book I'm reading (Box 10-1, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry), an example is given in whales of how spermaceti (a wax located in the whale head), when at sea level is a liquid, ...
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How can the directionality of a protein structure be defined?

For a DNA molecule, you can define directionality using the convention of a 5'-3' direction on the Sense strand. However, using an N to C convention for a protein doesn't work since the ends may be on ...
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Natural rulers: What organisms have the most regular size?

What organisms exhibit the most precise length scales? E.g. are there trees with rings that are of very precise thickness, or single celled organisms which are all very nearly the same length? In ...
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Membrane resistance of a neuron

I am about to simulate a neuron activity with the "Leaky Integrate and Fire" neuron model. But for that I need the membrane resistance. I was really looking a lot online, but I just cant find a value. ...
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How does a higher channel density increase speed of propagation of an Action Potential?

If there is a higher density of sodium channels then there will more Na+ flux in the cell. So it's like trying to pass more material through a pipe and therefore the speed of action potential (AP) ...
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What exactly is the time constant of an ion channel gating?

Let's take a channel that does not get inactivated, but is only in open and closed states. I understand what m (activation variable) represents. It's the fraction of the gates open. But what does t(...
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Why do the vines change their spinning direction?

Look at the vines holding onto the lattice. The "vine springs" change their spinning direction in the middle. Why? And how do they achieve this? (By the way, what's the name for this plant? Is is ...
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Absorbed dose from a CT scan with relation to radiation accidents

I read somewhere that the average CTDIvol in CT scans at hospitals is ~40 mGy. This translates to the 'radiation intensity' at the center of the person, and can also be roughly interpreted as an '...
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What is the sedimentation coefficient of Mycoplasma?

I have attempted to find the sedimentation coefficient of a number of bacterial species, namely E. coli and a number of Mycoplasma species, but they seemed to be rather elusive in the literature. If ...
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Meaning of 'forms of free energy'?

I was doing a practice exam paper and it asked for different 'forms of free energy'. I am a physicist rather then a biologist so 'free energy' to me means Gibb's Free Energy: $$G=H-TS$$ But I cannot ...
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Is it possible to biologically convert potential energy to chemical energy?

To lift an object x meters it is necessary to expend, at a minimum, an amount of energy corresponding to the increase in that objects potential energy associated with the increase in height. When ...
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Detecting brainwaves with no direct contact and no electrodes

Brainwaves are low frequency waves which is hard to detect and can be interfered with radio waves.i heard that it is possible to detect it with radio telescope and can be analysed with computers and ...
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Killing water-born pathogens with vacuum

Can water-born pathogens be killed by applying a vacuum to a body of water, causing it to boil at room temperature? Do most pathogens contain enough gaseous molecules that the expansion of the gas due ...