Biotechnology is a field of biology which utilizes biological systems like microorganisms to produce valuable products, such as biofuels, drugs, and vaccines.

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A good book for history of biology/biotechnology for lay people

I have many friends who are interested in Biology and want to know more about the subject in general (like a history of biology, from Darwin's theory, to DNA structure discovery, to the human genome ...
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Electricity generated by the body and its applications?

I recently came across this article from Nature. In it, it states that the snails have "tiny biofuel cells that extract electrical power from the glucose and oxygen in the snail’s blood", and that the ...
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What medical and commercial proteins are made using genetically modified animals?

Recombinant technologies in micro-organisms being used to produce commercial and medically useful proteins like insulin are fairly common. However some proteins are still produced commercially in ...
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Is 1 g/l living biomass for a Biogas fermenter plausible?

A usual number for a healthy biogas fermenter is $10^9 - 10^{10}/mL$ Bacteria, 10-15% of which would be methanogenic archae. Exceptionally healthy fermenters have more total bacteria and up 25% ...
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Can forensic DNA analysis be used to generate a visual approximation of a suspect?

In light of the current US supreme court case, I'm curious if enough information can be teased out of a DNA sample to get a "reasonable" approximation of the suspect (never mind the legality). I ...
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Can I purify polyhydroxyalkanoates by heating the cells extensively?

Traditional methods of purifying polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and other bioplastics made by bacteria involve washing the cells with harsh chemicals or strong bases.I'm interested in maintaining the ...
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Translation of mRNA?

We inserted an insulin gene from human into bacteria. Will translation of the gene (protein formation) occur in bacteria? If translation occurs then why does it occurs, give a reason for this?
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What is the purpose of measuring both VS (volatile solid) and TS (total solid)?

In the biogas process you often measure Volatile solid and Total solids. Can any one explain these concepts more accurately and why it is interesting to look at these properties. The biogas process ...
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Modern alternatives of DNA footprinting

Since DNA footprinting is an old method I thought there may be some more recent and effective methods to identify a DNA sequence, do you know any of them?
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Databases for metabolic pathways of human disease

Which databases contain the metabolic pathway of human diseases? I have searched Metacyc and KEGG but didn't find the appropriate metabolic pathway.
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How to learn DNA Origami

Can you tell me is there any good softwares and tutorials which can be used to learn DNA Origami. I am new to this and want to learn from basics. Advance thanks for your help edited: INSILICO
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What specifically allows alpha-complementation in beta-galactosidase?

I'm familiar with the use of alpha-complementation of beta-galactosidase with the pUC alpha-peptide and the M15 lacZ gene product, and would like to hypothetically apply alpha-complementation in other ...
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Why use DNA polymerase in making cDNA?

RT is capable of synthesizing a complementary dna strand ( as in HIV life cycle.) Then why is DNA pol used when cDNA (synthesizing the second strand of it ) has to be synthesized from mRNA ( For eg.to ...
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Is the book “Bioinformatics for Geneticists” outdated?

I am going to be working with genetics data in my organization's data warehouse next year and helping our biotechnology department. I work in academic research, but I have very little genomics ...
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glossary of biotechnological engineering

Similar to A good book for history of biology/biotechnology for lay people but not for lay people. Can anyone recommend an advanced dictionary of biotechnological engineering concepts in English ...
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How does one quantify T7 RNA polymerase transcription efficiency?

I am looking for a method which can help me calculate how many sequences one will get after transcription of 100-mer random sequences by T7 RNAP. The sequence pool has a known complexity and will be ...
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Question regarding 2 constructs of tobacco plant

Six independent transformation experiments of tobacco leaf explants were carried out using two different constructs - (1) construct I containing only a Hygromycin-resistance gene $(HYG^R)$ as a ...
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How does a TOPflash/FOPflash assay work to detect beta-catenin protein expression?

I am reading an article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3596711/) wherein a TOPflash/FOPflash assay is used to detect beta-catenin protein levels in a COS-7 cell line. I can't find a good ...
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Which kit provides the highest yield and purity of extracted DNA from FFPE tissue samples?

I'm looking to extract DNA for sequencing from FFPE (Formalin fixed paraffin-embedded) tissue samples. I'd like to use a commercial kit that provides a high yield of good quality DNA.
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Is a neurostimulation implant for the soft-palate component of obstructive sleep apnea plausible?

There are currently ongoing clinical trials for neurostimulation implants designed to keep the tongue from blocking the airway in obstructive sleep apnea. The nerves for this are in the neck and ...
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Telomeres in cloning experiments

In whole animal cloning ( eg. Dolly ) the nucleus is taken from a somatic cell. So isn't shortening of telomeres a problem ?
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Systems Biology of triacylglycerol (TAG) synthesis in Jatropha

I need the genetic regulatory network of TAG synthesis (Kennedy pathway) of Jatropha plant?? Or is there any way to convert metabolic pathway into genetic regulatory network?
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What happens between making a DNA library and screening by nucleic acid hybridization?

I understand how a plasmid library is made and how each clone is put on the nitrocellulose membrane and nucleic acid hybridization is done. What I don't understand is how each clone is "identified" ...
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How do you express and detect GLP-1 receptors?

I am currently working with a peptide which is an analogue for glp-1, but during invitro studies am not able to detect for the presence of GLP1- receptors. The cell line used is Min-6. How do I detect ...