The process by which information encoded in a gene is converted into a functional protein or RNA, resulting in or contributing to a phenotype.

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Validation by PCR of a lowly expressed gene in microarray

I am interested in validating the precence of a gene (FETUB) whose expression is in the lower quartile of the microarray (see figure in link). https://drive.google.com/open?id=...
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Genes that exist in old Affymetrix platform but not in the newer one

I am using two gene expression datasets from an Affy U95Av2 platform and an Affy U133 Plus 2.0 platform. When I map the Affy probe names to HUGO gene names, there are thousands of genes which exist in ...
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Redundancy of the genetic code

One particular codon codes only for one amino acid, but an amino acid can be coded for by several different codons. Now according to the genetic code, the codon UUU ...
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Punnett Square Help

In fruit flies, red eyes are dominant over white eyes. Show a cross between two white-eye fruit flies. My question is... How do I know if the white-eye fruit flies are homozygous or heterozygous?
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What amount of genes co-expressed should be expected in a tissue?

I am working with gene expression microarrays of tumor tissues and I want to use a program to find the clusters of co-expressed genes in order to know if some particular genes are co-expressed with ...
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Are there observed instances of genes expressing undesirable traits to dissuade members of a particular species from reproducing?

All living things on earth are programmed to both survive and reproduce, but are there observed, documented or otherwise novel cases where the genes of any particular member of any particular species ...
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What is a cognate enhancer sequence?

What is a cognate enhancer sequence? While reading a paper (1) presented at a journal class in graduate school, I encountered this sentence: HIF-1 binds to its cognate enhancer sequence, the ...
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How to specify a promoter in de novo gene synthesis service?

I am trying to use a de novo gene synthesis service (Genscript) and one part confuses me: Where do I pick the choice of promoter? Or is the promoter choice automatic based on my plasmid choice? e.g....
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How to put a gene under the control of a regulable promoter?

Suppose I have a hetrologous (eukaryotic, plant) gene sequence that I want to express in E Coli under the control of a regulable promoter (say the lac promoter induced by IPTG) how exactly does one ...
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Feedback mechanisms for the dynorphin-kappa opioid system?

(this is all happening in the brain). Also it's best to go context-first I think (1) Normally if you take an agonist drug that hits a receptor "x", eventually the brain will downregulate the density ...
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Are the subordinate genes of a repressed operon really “turned off”?

Operons are often described using all or nothing language. A repressor binding to the operator is usually presented as "turning off" the regulated genes. Case in point, Scitable at Nature.com says: ...
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Why is the function of lacA (encoding thiogalactoside transacetylase) not clearly understood?

It's almost half a century since the lac operon was discovered but isn't it weird that the precise role of transacetylase isn't clearly understood ? Here a wikipedia article with a link to a journal ...
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Lac operon: How can lactose enter the cell in the absence of lactose permease?

My textbook states that lactose permease...transports lactose into the cell and When lactose is added to the growth medium, the lactose molecules bind to the other site on the repressor ...
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Mutating a protein without mutating the gene?

Is it possible to mutate a region of a protein (says about 300 amino acids long) without actually mutating the gene? One possible way that I can think of is to use RNAi and specifically block that ...
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Current state of Gene Therapy [closed]

I am interested in learning about attempts to treat adult individuals suffering from a genetic disease in which the underlying changes in the DNA of the gene are understood. (i) Are there approaches ...
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Following DNA replication during S-phase of the cell-cycle, are all genomic regions subjected to the same stringent level of DNA-Repair?

To my (limited) understanding, there are 2 main ways that mutations can occur in DNA: Environmental (UV, etc) and mistakes during cell division. I was wondering if there is a mechanism that can give ...
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Multiple start and stop codons in mRNA and pre-mRNA [duplicate]

I have a main question that will lead to further questions depending upon the answer. In the process of transcription, will there be multiple start and stop codons in one sequence of pre-mRNA? If ...
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How do expression levels change along lineages?

Is there any general trend between gene expression levels (or transcription levels) and cell lineages? For example, I would naively expect that stem cells express less genes as they have the ability ...
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Why are there so many regulatory mechanisms in gene expression? [closed]

first time posting here, apologies if this is a stupid question. I am a layman, so I might be ignorant to some already well-known or obvious concepts in biology. From what I understand, gene ...
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What is the most appropriate way to normalize gene expression data?

This question comes because reading a paper about normalization of gene-expression data, is not clear if the method for normalize the data is just for RNA-Seq data or could be applied also for ...
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What is the role of TATA box in transcriptional regulation? [closed]

I know what is the TATA box, but I wish to know whether it has specific roles in transcriptional regulation.
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Why does pETDuet-1 only have one T7 terminator but two T7 promoters?

Why does pETDuet-1 only have one T7 terminator but two T7 promoters (vector map below)? Is there any advantage of having only one terminator? There are going to be two mRNAs transcribed from this ...
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How big advantage had a trait have to bring to evolve in the human evolution? [closed]

Yes, I've heard that we have evolved from the common ancestor with primates as intesively, as the chimpanzees. Sometimes I read about some enormously complex traits, evolutionary psychologists think ...
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What further research can the result of gene variation detection be used for [closed]

We do a research on a particular cancer (for e.g. breast cancer). Now, we have a result for the gene variation detection (VCF file). What next steps do we need to do? We don't have a clear picture ...
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How do biologists quantify “gene expression” in experiments?

I've read papers which contain statements such as "control of gene expression is critical in biological processes". How exactly does one quantify "gene expression"? Isn't gene expression an umbrella ...
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differentially expressed genes of the treated with estradiol samples

I did differential analysis on samples treated (G1E-ER4) with estradiol (differentiation induced by estradiol) and control (G1E). The genes that I gor as differentially expressed in G1E-ER4 showed ...
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Pooling for qPCR

I am comparing miRNA expression levels in 3 different groups but I am low on money and time. I have to get some preliminary results to get the actual research going so I decided to pool my samples and ...
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TCGA Array Data Interpretation - why is PTEN up when I know it shouldn't be in RCC?

I am trying to make some sense of the KIRC (clear cell renal cell carcinoma) gene expression microarray data (level 3). I am a little bit confused by the expression levels of PTEN which are elevated ...
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Is the increased/decreased enzyme activity (tyrosinase) caused by an environmental factor (UV radiation) considered to be gene expression?

My AP Bio assignment asks that I research the effects of UV radiation on melanin production, but the directions and questions suggest that UV radiation influences gene expression. From what I could ...
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How much time do the different mechanisms of gene regulation need to take effect?

I am thinking of the major regulatory mechanisms, like general transcription factors, activators, repressors, and RNA interference. If non-active regulator genes using each of the different ...
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What's the difference between CREs and DHSs?

I would like to know what's the difference between cis-regulating elements and DNase I–hypersensitive sites, in order to produce a meaningful segregation of non coding elements affecting gene ...
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mitochondrial gene upregulated in F1 cross

I am doing RNA-Seq data analysis from ovarian samples that represent two pure breeds (high prolific vs low prolific) and their F1 cross. Flushing diet has been shown to affect ovulation rate in some ...
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Would it be possible to create a gel, holding viruses, that could alter the human genome when rubbed in?

I was wondering if it could be possible to engineer a virus, that when it comes into contact with human hair follicles, it could alter someones natural hair color. Naturally blue hair anyone? ...
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Does a zygote express all genes?

If a zygote has all the cytoplasmic determinants and all the specific transcription factors, does that mean that all genes in the genome are expressed?
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Is the zygote the only totipotent cell?

I’ve been told that the unfertilized egg contains cytoplasmic determinants (e.g. proteins, transcription factors, mRNAs) that are divided unevenly during the early stages of cell division in an embryo....
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Using PGAL10 promoter to overexpress specific yeast genes: How to?

I was reading a poster about expression boosting for Artemesinin production in yeast and it had this line: PGAL1 and PGAL10 have been used for the overexpression of all genes from the ...
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Are all genes transcribed in differentiated cells?

My textbook tells me that it’s specific transcription factors that allow for a different set of genes to be expressed in different cells (differential gene expression). My book gives the example of ...
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Why don't housekeeping genes have TATA Box regions in their promoter sequences?

Housekeeping genes are genes that are continuously transcribed. Like all other genes they have promoter sequences, but they don't have TATA box sequences that are used to specify from where ...
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Balanced vs Maximized Codon Optimization

I have worked with the optimization of several viral proteins, from different viruses/families, with different results. When Menzella, 2011 was published I tried that method. I found quite the ...
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Transcription profiling analysis software

I am entering now the field of transcription profiling analysis - and looking for good software to work with the data. I got files with list of genes like this for example: 1415751_at 618.9 0....
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From DNA to final traits of microorganisms? [closed]

From the answer of this topic, could someone indicate me a book or article about how DNA set the phenotype of microorganisms? For example, showing how DNA changes the shape of such a cell or how DNA ...
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How to Download the broadpeak files from the encode chip-seq experiment matrix? [closed]

I have tried the SqlDatabase of Encode opened it trough R ,i have tried other packages in R, i have tried the ENCODExplorer package but none of them seems to do what i want. I have an app that asks ...
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Interpreting soft clipping in a SAM alignment

I am interpreting CAGE data. I have noticed that in the SAM files I am analysing, there are many pairs of lines of the form (e.g.) ...
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cell specialisation and their location

When we create new cells, how come they are of the 'right' type at the 'right' place? For example, when I make a new cell on my lips, it's obviously not the same as a new one in my kidneys. Is the ...
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Common genes and enzymes involved in pathogen entry into host

Many microbes like Salmonella, E.coli, Legionella pneumophila etc. enter host cells via cystoskeleton remodeling of the host cell. Do all microbes follow the same path or there are any other ways for ...
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Using RNA-seq to compare gene expression across patients instead of between Control and Experimental conditions

I am working with RNA-seq data from the Cancer Genome Atlas TCGA and I have been reading about how people have compared gene expression levels measured by RNA-seq. Many of the papers I have read talk ...
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What determines whether the maternal or paternal allele is expressed?

I am taking cell biology and have this question: During the process of gene expression, it is possible to express either the maternal allele or the paternal allele. When and how is the determination ...
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Where can I find histograms and tables of prevalence of mutations in cancer?

At some point in the past I found a cancer portal site which had aggregated data for the relationships between various mutations and their prevalence in cancer types and tumor data. The data was ...
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ATP to disassembly of nucleotide ratio

DNA Helicase, the enzyme that is responsible for tearing apart the strands before DNA replication, requires ATP to rip apart nucleotides. I have asked this question to several professors and they ...
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Why do we assume that the first humans were dark-skinned?

According to the article Dark skin and blue eyes: How Europeans once looked: It is widely accepted that Man's oldest common forefather was dark skinned, and that people became more pale as they ...