Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the carrier of genetic information, including for all known living organisms. The only known exceptions are RNA viruses.

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Separate replication origin and terminus vs making them one and the same

The classical picture of bacterial reproduction has a replication origin on one side of the circular chromosome and a replication termination area on the opposite end. This essentially creates two ...
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Is the DNA different in each type of cell? What DNA is passed to offspring?

Our body contains many different types of cells and each of those cells have their own DNA (correct me if wrong) like skin cells their own DNA that makes them skin cells instead of muscle cells. So ...
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Distinguishing Father from Brother

Given the (non-identical) DNA sequences of two men and the knowledge that the second man is either the father, brother, or son of the first man, is the DNA useful in determining which of these three ...
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Transgenic Plant-Gene source for introduction into host organism

Let's say the plant-gene itself is known, i.e. the exact neucleotide sequence is available in a gene bank (originally sequenced from a tree sample extracted RNA). Previous work has already successfuly ...
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Do DNA supply houses maintain a watch list for dangerous oligos (Anthrax, Smallpox, etc.)?

The recent work by DeLoache, et al. on a synthetic opiate-precursor production pathway in yeast has generated a lot of scare stories in the media about people homebrewing heroin as easily as they ...
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Was the frequency of mutations more during primitive earth due to radioactivity?

Primitive earth was more radioactive (or was it really?) according to radiometric analysis of C14 which suddenly appeared at 4250 million years in the Hadeon eon. Is it possible that ancient high ...
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What does “~mitochondrial DNA ~bp linear DNA” means?

I'm surfing NCBI website -Nucleotide- to find some examples of real DNA sequences to use in my small homework project. My question is related to the title of a DNA sequence below: Sus scrofa ...
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What are the major causes of mutations in DNA?

I know that point mutations can change the base sequence of a gene by altering a specific codon that codes for a particular amino acid. Are these mutations purely random events that occur when DNA is ...
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Is DNA replaced after organ donation?

If an organ from person A is transplanted to a new human body B, is it possible that we can detect A's DNA in B? How long until the organ's DNA is replaced by B's DNA so that we are no longer able to ...
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Why do Major and Minor grooves exist in dna strands? [closed]

I've been trying to find what causes the periodic appearance of major and minor grooves in DNA but have not yet been successful. Geometrical explanations would also be appreciated as I cannot ...
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How does the splicing enzyme recognize where to splice the introns?

When the DNA from the nucleus is transcribed to an mRNA, the mRNA is spliced by an enzyme before it goes outside through the nuclear pore. What is the name of this enzyme and how does it recognize ...
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“Prime” structure of DNA Double Helix: Confusion

In this video on DNA replication, the diagram shows the unwound DNA as still being anti-parallel, but the first diagram in this post on Biology SE shows that the individual strands are 5'____5' and 3'...
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The Semi-Conservative Model of DNA Replication: Question

My Campbell's Biology textbook contains the following diagram related to the semi-conservative model of DNA replication proposed by Watson and Crick. I have highlighted where my confusion arises in ...
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Is DNA transcription inactive during mitosis ie no proteins are made? How does the cell survive?

I've read that during mitosis, DNA exists as heterochromatin, a form that is unable to be accessed for transcription. Does this mean no new proteins are made during what can be 20% of a cell's life? ...
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Constant or variable number of chiasmata during recombination?

During recombination, is the number of chiasmata consistent for each gamete and are the chiasmata regions consistent within a single organism?
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How are 23 chromosomes in human sperm chosen?

I'm not biologist and I have just a basic knowledge. I've been thinking for a long time about the following question: How does the body choose which 23 chromosomes should be active in human sperm and ...
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How old is the oldest intact DNA?

DNA fragments are known from bone fragments from the Mesozoic, but these don't count. I'm guessing the oldest DNA is recovered from permafrost, but how old exactly?
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Are nucleotides at the ends of DNA stripped on aging?

I had the following understanding (now after reading a popular science article seeming wrong understanding): DNA in (regular) cells (in human and some other organisms) are protected by telomers. ...
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Where can one find completed and processed Hi-C datasets?

I and a statistics graduate student at UCR, and I am working on Optimal Binning schemes and peak detection in Hi-C data analysis (a dataset that conveys information about proximity of a DNA strand ...
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DNA extraction for LAMP assay

I am trying to set up a LAMP assay (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) for the detection of E.coli. I was told that EDTA can chelate the Mg in my reaction and thus prevent the assay from working ...
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why is cellulase not found in animals? [closed]

As it is really beneficial for all organisms, why are animals, especially mammals (I don't know about other vertebrates) unable to synthesize cellulase enzyme in their body? Is it linked to some DNA ...
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Why are the genomes of Humans 99.5% the same?

Human's DNA sequence is said to be roughly 99.5% equal. As far as I understand, this means that if I walked up to you and compared our DNA, the sequence of base pairs would be 99.5% the same. My ...
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Why only human have noticeable difference in face? [duplicate]

Our facial appearance is pretty much different from each other unless we are talking about twin. Credit goes to crossing over of chromosome. But why can't we distinguish between other animals of same ...
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final control prior to transfecting an expression vector into a mammalian cell?

I have been asked a general question: Once I have cloned a full-length cDNA into an expression vector, what final important control must I do before I transfect this into an embryonic stem cell line? ...
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Which DNA fragments do not have expected sizes on this gel electrophoresis?

The problem is such: After performing a PCR, the vector carrying the PCR fragment with two restriction enzymes (Nhe1 and Asc1). The DNA samples were then separated using agrose gel electrophoresis ...
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Write the haplotypes of the family

I'm doing old exam assignments to prepare for my finals on Monday and I've stumbled on one assignment that I'm not sure how to tackle. A family with 2 children is examined for cataracts using PCR ...
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what are examples of experimental designs on exposing materal for degradation

if one wanted to compare how sources of DNA would degradate in various conditions(environmental) how would they do this in an experimental fashion but also be best comparable to real world examples of ...
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What errors can occur during DNA replication?

When there is an error in copying DNA (a mutation), what exactly goes wrong? If G goes with C and A goes with T, I don't see how that part can mess up. Is the idea that when the double helix is ...
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What are the effects of non-ultraviolet light radiation on DNA?

I am trying better understand the effects of varying the frequency of light on DNA, however, most of what comes up is "UV light" and how it is damaging to DNA (presumably by ionization). Have there ...
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Known ways to modify the genetic structure of the 13 loci used in CODIS

After reading the answer to Does our DNA change during our lives?, I was wondering if and how it would be possible to change the structure of the 13 loci that are used in the CODIS database, in such a ...
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Can you force human body to mass produce specific proteins? [closed]

I've had difficulty finding an answer to this question on Google. From what I've been taught, DNA is used as a "naive blueprint" to synthesize proteins. If we can manipulate DNA (Which I hear we can)...
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In CRISPR bacteria, how does viral genomes get integrated into the spacers of CRISPR? Also, in its use, where does Cas9 cut the DNA?

I've been out of Biology for about a year polishing my programming skills. I know CRISPR/Cas9 allows targeted 'cutting' of DNA via RNA-guidance. Few questions regarding this. Regarding to its ...
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What are flagged primers? [closed]

I'm interested in amplifying a sequence for further use with Gibson Assembly. I want to create overhang regions in my DNA fragment so there would be complementarity to the plasmid I'm trying to insert ...
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The Uniqueness of DNA Paradox

How can everyone have unique iris and fingerprints? After a certain amount of human beings have lived on earth, wouldn't it be possible to exhaust all possible combinations? The same principle ...
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How do mutations actually occur?

DNA replication seems so mechanical- the DNA polymerase just running along the template strand. I just don't understand how mutations can arise. When it comes to substitutions, I get that a wrong ...
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Expected dS/dN ratio for exome

I am trying to determine whether or not my sequencing data has more/less non-synonymous mutations than would be expected. My understanding is that there is some fixed ds/dn ratio for the human exome ...
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How can I generate a random DNA sequence?

I've found this paper which involves the construction of 19-bp random DNA sequences, but I don't know enough biology to understand how this method works. Could someone explain it to someone who is ...
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Prader-Willi Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome?

On the website http://www.whatisepigenetics.com/fundamentals/2/ it states that the imprint disorders Prader-Willi syndrome and Angelman syndrome, display an abnormal phenotype as a result of the ...
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Insertion of synthetic DNA sequence

If I have some synthetic DNA sequence (<=20 bp long), is there a way for me to reliably insert this sequence next to some n-bp motif? I'd like for this to be possible in humans. If so, are there ...
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Time needed for transcription of DNA [closed]

How much time would it take to complete the transcription of an average-sized human gene?
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Mitochondrial DNA and recombination

Firstly I could do with a brief description of mitochondrial DNA. How does the structure of DNA in mitochondria compare to animal DNA (for the sake of simplicity let's say human - some animals might ...
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How do electrons destroy DNA bonds in radiation?

Malignant tumors can be treated by radiation therapy. Most commonly it's radiotherapy with photons, or protons and so on. The common denominator for both types is that the radiation creates electrons ...
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How do cell repair mechanism ratios change as they age?

I have seen that embryonic stem cells are shown to use homologous repair for double strand breaks rather then non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). [1] I am wondering if something also happens to a cell'...
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Why do bacteria need messenger RNA?

Why do bacteria need mRNA? Isn't the DNA free floating without nuclear membrane so why doesn't the tRNA read the code directly off of the split DNA strands? (ofcourse after helicase splits them). ...
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Why isn't the RNA in bacteria always split up and replicating?

Isn't helicase always free floating in bacterial cells, and the DNA without a nuclear membrane and uncoiled and freefloating and so why doesn't the helicase keep breaking the double helix of DNA? Also,...
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Does a man contain all the genes needed to make a woman?

This question is brought on by a Sci Fi novel I am thinking about writing. The plot device involves a colonist in charge of building a population on a new planet who loses his supply of embryos and so ...
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Homework Question: Confused about figure related to cDNA and gDNA

what is the answer in blank? I think the loop structure for the top blank is an intron. I think RNA is the answer for the bottom blank, but it is cDNA, so it can't be RNA. I cannot figure out what ...
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Amputation of part of the cytoplasm of the amoeba? [closed]

We ampute a part of the cytoplasm of the amoeba many times and we observe that amoeba is not divided This experience allows to deduce the cause of the division of amoeba Do that have relation with ...
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How to perform a DNA structural alignment in pymol

How can I "fit" two DNA structures having different nucleotide sequences in pymol? I would like to use the structure of a DNA binding protein in pdb (1h9t), which is bound to DNA in the pdb file, ...
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What is the instructional language of DNA?

DNA carries most of the genetic instructions used in the development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses (Wikipedia). Is it already know how ATCG's sequences ...