The study of cells, their physiological properties, structure, environmental interaction, division, life cycle, and death, as well as the organelles they contain. Also known as cytology.

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Do we consume dna, proteins of other organisms?

When we eat raw meat, e.g. chicken or fish, we are actually consuming the DNA, proteins etc. which are present in their cells. Wouldn't this affect our cell functions as this DNA might enter our ...
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Why do cells not spread on soft substrates?

I recently read a paper discussing how cells (primary mouse embryo fibroblasts) fail to spread and proliferate properly when plated on a soft substrate (i.e. soft PDMS pillars with stiffness k = 2.3 ...
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What is the essence of difference of how different chemicals affect the same receptor?

It is known that various chemicals can bind to the same receptor type, producing different effects. Be these chemicals agonists or antagonists, there are more variations in how they influence the ...
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How to understand certain protein names

I am looking for a reference to help me understand what is meant by acronyms such as : H3K9me1, H3K9me2, and H3K9Ac. I know that these are all histone proteins, but is there a general nomenclature ...
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Self assembly of Golgi Apparatus

Self assembly is not a new phenomenon to biology. Many things self assembled to provide full fledged functional unit. There are two conflicting theories about formation of Golgi Apparatus, Template ...
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What is a mechanical cue?

I was attending a talk related to neurogenesis. So one professor was asking a question related to biochemical cues and mechanical cues (related to signaling pathways I believe). Cue as far as I ...
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Catenation and decatenation by DNA Gyrase

Decatenation is done for the replication of DNA and why is Catenation done and is it related to Crossing over
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How will changing the concentration of a Tris buffer affect amylase enzyme activity?

For instance if you increase the amount of Tris but pH still does not change then will the enzyme activity still proceed normally? If it does change the pH will it change enzyme structure and why?
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Question about flux and changes in net flux of molecules across a membrane

I've been reading a book called Principles of Human Physiology by Stanfield 5th edition, and was reading a chapter on membrane transport when I came across a figure question which will be posted ...
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How does Cro protein expressed by lambda phage kill its host?

I read that the DNA segment of lambda phage integrated in host DNA could switch between lysogenic state where cI represses the expression of Cro and lytic state where Cro expression takes over and ...
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Why are siblings unidentical? (Which chromosome of the pair do gametes have?) [closed]

I know that a normal human cell has 23 pairs of chromosomes (total: 46). On the other hand, a gamete has only 23 chromosomes. Which chromosome does the gamete choose out of each pair? And if "One of ...
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Can an organism exist as a single cell but come together as multi-cellular during certain times?

I am trying to remember a particular segment from a BBC special, in which there was single cellular species. However, at certain times all the individual cells came together to form a structure, not ...
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Is the ringing sound in the ears caused by dying ear cells?

I was recently watching the movie "Children of Men" (great movie) by Alfonso Cuarón. Now in a certain scene, the lead actor happens to be nearby a loud explosion. Later, when he complains about the ...
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Can ' functional' stress 'forced upon' a cell actually cause cell mutations when they divide and reproduce?

If a group of cells are forced to go beyond their regular biological parameters that they should be under given ' healthy' functioning and while existing in these stressed states some of the cells ...
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Role of microvilli in cell volume regulation

Does the presence of microvilli on a cell's surface ensure that it's more resistant to cell swelling or lysis in a hypotonic solution, as compared to a normal cell?
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Staining cells for FACS at 4 degrees or ambient temperature

I'm sorting a 293 derived line. One thing that is worrisome for me is cell viability after the sort. Usually I have been staining and washing at room temperature (on the benchtop) on a nutator. I have ...
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Can mutation rate be increased for instance by mutagenesis targeting the DNA polymerase?

I am studying a non-cultivable bacterium living in an insect host, and I would like to generate some random mutants of this bacteria while preserving the insect. I am wondering if one way to do so ...
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Do RBCs need oxygen?

How do our red blood cells (RBCs) get oxygen? Do they even need it? They have no nucleus and no organelles, so I think they don't need it.
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What happens to the excess immune cells or WBC in our body?

When we have an infection our immune system produces a large amount of white blood cells (WBCs) in our body to fight against the pathogen or parasite. My question is after the immune response has ...
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Does the cell internal temperature changes in response to a change in external temperature?

Background Some species are homeotherm (internal temperature is not affected by a change in external temperature) and some are poikilotherm (internal temperature changes in response to external ...
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Cancer in myogenic heart cells? [duplicate]

Why cancer does not occur in myogenic heart cells? Is there any special ability in heart cells to resist cancer ?
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Jurkat single cell clonal expansion

I'm hoping to do a clonal expansion of Jurkat, expressing my construct which is currently transduced virally. From the FACS data I currently have roughly 30-40% expression in my culture but I need it ...
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Does polyploidy always isolate the polyploids from the diploid source population?

I am receiving conflicting information while researching polyploid speciation. On the one hand, some sources state that a polyploid can only reproduce sexually with polyploids having the same number ...
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When does DIFFUSION occur and not OSMOSIS, and the otherwise?

For example, I do know that red blood cells have both the Na+/Cl- co-transporter and Aquaporin (water channel) that allows both Na/Cl and water molecules to pass through. But why in biology textbooks ...
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How long do human egg cell grow up?

I read article about alcohol harm where written that child may bear with birth defect cause mother used to drink alcohol 10 years ago so egg cell stay damages that long. I don't believe that human ...
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L-tryptophan in mammalian cell culture

Why must the concentration of L-tryptophan be kept to a relatively low level when culturing mammalian cells? It's an essential amino acid, so I cannot fathom why low concentrations as opposed to ...
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Is a Ribonuclease Inhibitor protein the only mechanism employed by the human cell to protect cellular RNA from degradation by endoribonuclease?

Are there any other methods of protection for cellular RNA from degradation by endonuclease (specifically the Pancreatic Ribonuclease RNase II (Eosinophil-derived neurotoxin) and RNase III (Eosinophil ...
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Are there any auto-immune diseases caused by T cells not detaching from antigen presenting cells (APCs)?

By not detaching I'm referring to after they have formed an immunological synapse, if they don't ever detach.
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How do single-celled predators chase other cells?

From my understanding, single celled organisms have been seen avoiding, and chasing, potential food or other organisms. How do they accomplish this? They do not have eyes or ears or a nervous system. ...
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What is a functional screen?

I was going through this paper, but did not understand a term. What is the meaning of functional screen? (I am not a biology student, I don't understand much, and a small simple explanation would ...
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Why do tattoos persist if body cells are regularly renewed?

I am not quite sure if it is true, but I read somewhere that within 7 years all the body's cells are replaced with new ones. I am not quite sure if it is cells or atoms. If it is then why do tattoos ...
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What Chemical Trigger Causes Ectomycorrhiza To Change From Asexual To Sexual?

I want to know the trigger behind the change of asexual to sexual ectomycorrhiza when symbiosis with a tree root is formed. As ectomycorrhiza attaches itself to a root, it forms a relationship wherein ...
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Are mitochondria transferable between cell types, individuals and species?

I'm curious about what happens when you insert organelles from a cell into another. In particular, mitochondria. Take two cells from your own body. Somehow extract a mitochondria from one cell and ...
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How to mimic / approach some animals/insects' anabolism?

This article states that some shelled animals - spiders, scorpions, crabs, worms and other creatures - have metal atoms in their claws, jaws and fangs. I believe through anabolism, since they eat ...
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Which step in endocytosis requires ATP?

Everybody seems to agree that endocytosis is an energy-using process, and as such requires ATP hydrolysis. However, which particular step requires it? More precisely, which 'molecular machine' ...
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Does ATP hydrolysis reaction have a high or low activation energy?

I was recently studying about ATP and how it functions as an energy carrier to all biological processes; however, I came across a confusing and paradoxical statement from two sources: (at 7:36) and ...
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How is centriole number maintained during meiosis?

I've found a website (Pearson's BioCoach) that claims centrioles duplicate in Prophase II. Is this accurate? Does it depend on the species in question? Looking at three textbook illustrations of ...
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Presence of reaction module in bacteria but not in Eukaryotas (human)

From the statistics page, I found that the Module-M00008 is present only in bacteria and not Eukaryotes. Why so? I noticed that all the compounds necessary or the reaction are present in human body ...
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Why is there a compound highlighted in red in a KEGG Module search?

Considering the following module: http://www.kegg.jp/kegg-bin/show_module?M00115+C00003 why is the compound C00003 marked in red?
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Who compared developmental biology to crystallography?

I need to find out the name of a nineteenth century biologist who compared developmental biology to crystallography. His idea was that crystals are formed from 'cells' (defined molecular units) that ...
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What happens to IP3 molecules after release from IP3 receptors?

IP3 molecules bind to IP3 receptors and open up the calcium channels on the endoplasmic reticulum. I am wondering what happens to IP3 molecules after they have been released from the IP3 receptor? Do ...
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Are there histones present in the cytoplasm?

In this paper the authors depleted core histone heterodimers H3-H4 at 90 % from the cytoplasm of Xenopus oocytes. They state that their concentration is in the order of 6 uM. My question is, are ...
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What is the term for all of the RNA in a cell at any given time?

Question is asked above, simply put.
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Spatial learning in microorganisms

Has there ever been an experiment performed that demonstrated a form of 'spatial memory' in a unicellular organism? I'm imagining something analogous to the classic 'rat in maze' experiments, but ...
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Why do some people burn and others tan?

Connected to What is happening when we get a tan? - Why do some people burn while other people tan? Very pale people tend to just burn while other people tan very nicely, what causes this difference? ...
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What is happening when we get a tan?

Almost everyone nowadays wants that nice summer tan, but what exactly is going on beneath the skin? I've heard a few different theories about tanning - such as a tan is nothing but the pigmentation in ...
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Choosing the best assay for my experiment? [closed]

Which of the following assays can be used to determine whether cell death specifically due to apoptosis has occurred in a given cell sample? Choose all that apply. WST-1 Assay Caspase Colorimetric ...
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Genetic tests on S. cerevisiae to determine mutation locus on genes

I am studying the metabolism of galactose in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. After a random mutagenesis screen, several mutant strains were isolated that grow well in glucose but are ...
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How does the structure of the pancreatic acinar cell relates to its function?

So the pancreatic acinar cell synthesizes, stores and secretes digestive enzyme precursors called zymogens e.g. pepsinogen. The structure of the acinar cell shows that there is an apical and basal ...
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What happens to the red blood cell in CaCl₂ solution?

Here's the problem: One red blood cell is placed in a hypertonic solution of NaCl, another is placed in a solution of CaCl2 equimolar with the NaCl solution. What would you expect to happen and why? ...