Genetics is the branch of biology that deals with the transmission and variation of inherited characteristics.

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Trouble understanding overlapping genes.

I read the wikipedia passage on overlapping genes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overlapping_gene The Tandem overlaps they speak of make sense to me, as I understand that their are different reading ...
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What is Mendelian Randomization, and how is it used to infer causality in epidemiology?

Studies of human traits and diseases are inherently confined to observational studies, known as epidemiological studies. This can make it very hard to determine what actually causes a particular ...
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Why are some genomic regions sequenced more than the others?

We have to normalise read count data from RNA-Seq experiments in order to account for the fact that some genomic regions are mapped more than others. i.e. we get the tags per million reads (TPM). In ...
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Synthesis of an additional DNA in Pachytene and Zygotene [closed]

I've read, that in Pachytene and Zygotene additional DNA material is synthesized, about 0,3, 0,1% respectively. Why is it so?
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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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An experiment to test if a bacterial resistance gene is on the plasmid or chromosome?

So I have an E.coli strain phenotypicall resistant to the antibiotics ampicillin and rifampicin. How do I test if the AmpR gene is carried on a plasmid and not on the chromosome? In summary, I ...
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Molecules, Targets and Isoforms

I have a question. Given a molecule A and two isoforms of a gene X, Y, and the knowledge that A targets X. Can I infere from this anything about whether A targets Y? As a motivation think about ...
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Obtaining a mapping of RefSeq ACs to Uniprot ACs

I am trying to obtain a mapping for RefSeq Accession Numbers to Uniprot Accession Numbers. I can write a script to do this for a list of RefSeq ACs like this: ...
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Is a bone marrow transplant limited by sex?

Can a female patient get transplanted with bone marrow of a male donor and vice versa?
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How can the following data regarding flower phenotypes be explained?

$$\begin{array}{c|c|c} \hline \text{Parents} & F_1 & F_2\\ \hline \text{Blue}\:\times \text{white} & \text{All blue} & \text{196 blue, 63 white} \\ \text{Blue}\:\times \text{pink} &...
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Coefficient of Inbreeding - calculating for very large family tree

I have a very comprehensive family tree of many thousands of horses going back dozens of generations. I now wish to calculate the COI for every animal in the entire tree. I have seen that there are ...
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Cloning Ice Age Lion Cubs

It was just on the news that scientists discovered "Two cubs in Russia's Sakha Republic last August in a near-perfect state". And the South Koreans and Russians are attempting to clone these extinct ...
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Gemini usage of --sample-filter

I am using gemini to query databases made from vcf files, which contain data from multiple samples. However, I need to query data only from one sample, (for which I currently use grep to filter the ...
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Is it possible to create a restriction map using python? [closed]

I have some fragments of DNA from single and double digests using three different restriction enzymes. I'm trying to construct a restriction map of a linear fragment of DNA. The map needs indicate the ...
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What is the difference between a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) and a plasmid?

Is it just that a BAC is generally larger and artificially constructed? Or are there any other differences?
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What's a non-allelic gene?

Non-allelic or non-alletic I stumbled across the term in my Human Genetics textbook. It didn't explain it there, and a quick google search only showed scientific papers that refer to 'recombinations ...
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How can a mutator gene can cause a mutation when it is shut off? [closed]

defination of "Mutator" - a gene that increases the rate of mutation of one or more other genes. However, in the book "Molecular Biology of the Cell" (bruce alberts) it states that when a mutator is ...
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Construct a restriction map of a linear fragment of DNA using the following data?

I've attempted to do the single digests, and the double digests, but cannot complete the map.... I've attached what I've done so far DNA Sizes of Fragments (bp) uncut DNA 900 DNA cut with EcoRI ...
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Why the length of UTR in the genomic sequence of gene X is too much longer than the same region in the corresponding Refseq mRNA sequences?

I'm browsing in the UCSC genome browser and found that the UTRs length of KIAA0040 gene in the genomic sequences is too much longer than the corresponding the Refseq mRNA sequence. In fact, the total ...
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What separates gene loci?

Introns are sections of noncoding DNA that separate exons within a gene locus. However, between different gene loci, I also would assume there to be noncoding regions of DNA. What are these regions ...
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Why has grey hair evolved?

A vast majority of humans get at least some grey hair as they age. As far as I know this applies to both genders and all races. Presumably this means that at least some grey haired humans have ...
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Why are mice with a single X chromosome and no Y chromosome males?

I was searching online and I read this article Mice can be male without Y chromosome and this is a part of it: The experiments demonstrate that there are multiple ways to make males, says Richard ...
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Creation of healthy genetically modified crops [closed]

GM crops are huge at the moment, and the noticeable 'counter movement' is for people to continue to purchase organic foods (please note I am specifically talking of GM crops and not meats, etc). The ...
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How do geneticists compute the percentage of DNA shared between species?

It's not exactly clear to me what is meant when people say that humans and bananas share 50% of their DNA.
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Pairwise sequence alignment in C++ (fastq et bam) [closed]

I am sorry I am a beginner in genetics and I have a problem about a homework project. I have 4 files: aln1.fastq aln2.fastq aln.bam aln.bam.bai "fastq" files contain information about sequences ...
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How was gene therapy able to cure diseases through the transformation of actively dividing cells?

I thought that gene therapy, when performed on target cells that regenerate themselves constantly, can be effective for a limited time only. I.e., the effect gradually wears off after a while, ...
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Where should I start looking for an online gene library?

Is there an online library that includes all known genes in stored in their nucleotide form of all living organisms? I'm presuming that such a database doesn't exist. So to kick of my search, how ...
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5-HTTLPR polymorphism and Depression

I am reading about the biology of depression and came across something I can't understand. Here is the thing: Lesch K-P, et al. (1996) say that people with short alleles of 5-HTTLPR are more prone to ...
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Why a striped baby is not the result of a white and a black parent?

Someone asked me: If a striped cat is the result of a white and a black cat, why the result of a white woman and a black man is not a striped child? I know the answer. I also know that the ...
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Genetic coding question, amino acid to base relationship

I'm studying for a test and I am confused by these problems/statements. How many amino acids will 18 bases code for? Answer: 6. I got this right. If a certain complete protein has 33 amino acids ...
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Mosaic segregation in C. elegans

How can mosaic segregation be used in C. elegans? Can it tell us where a given gene is expressed, or needs to be expressed for worm survival?
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Why is down syndrome more common than other trisomies? [duplicate]

Why is Down syndrome more common than say trisomy 18? Is chromosome 21 easier to replicate? Or is it because those babies are more viable?
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Diffusion approximation to genetic drift

I am reading from the classical textbook Principles of Population Genetics, Hartl and Clark (pdf here). Introduction Let $f(p,x,t)$ denote the distribution of allele frequency $x$ at time $t$ ...
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Can we study all the genes of one human being?

Considering the fact that a new-born child gets 23 chromosomes containing DNA and genes from each of his parents and then 23 chromosomes from those 46 chromosomes of the new-born child will be ...
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Irradiation positive effect on humans?

In research paper Euphytica 135: 187–204, 2004 it is written that: 434 mutant varieties of rice have been released with improved characters such as semi-dwarf height, early maturity, improved ...
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BWA-MEM single strand or doublestrand alignment

In whole genome secondary analysis does BWA-MEM use a double stranded fasta reference or are reads aligned to only one, single stranded fasta reference?
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Does DNA polymerase I require a $3^\prime$ end?

DNA polymerase III adds nucleotides in the $5^\prime \rightarrow 3^\prime$ direction because it can only add nucleotides to the $3^\prime$ end of the previous nucleotide. This is why it requires a ...
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Hydrogen bonding and the blocking thereof in nucleic acids during nuclear processes

In transcription, RNA polymerase unwinds the DNA double helix and begins attaching RNA nucleotides to the template strand. In its wake, the DNA double helix closes back—this is only natural, seeing as ...
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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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Is it possible that by mutation a human could see infrared or other 'colours'?

Incoming light reacts with the several types of cone cells in the eye. In humans, there are three types of cones sensitive to three different spectra, resulting in trichromatic color vision. Each ...
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Statistically, why is the number of mutated genes in eggs treated with chemical mutagenesis one?

Excerpted from the Guide to Research Techniques in Neuroscience [1]: In chemical mutagenesis, a scientist applies a mutagenizing chemical, such as ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS) or N-ethyl-N-...
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Mitochondrial Genetic code

We know that the genetic code is universal. My query is why the mitochondrial genetic code is different from universal genetic code?
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What are in common between transcription factors?

In terms of their structures (primary to tertiary) and locations? Why do they have these commonalities? Or are any of these commonalities critical to their functions?
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Is Chargaff's rule really applicable?

Chargaff's rules states that DNA from any cell of all organisms should have a 1:1 ratio (base Pair Rule) of pyrimidine and purine bases and, more specifically, that the amount of guanine is equal to ...
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Relationship of bases in a gene to amino acids

One of my study questions for a biology test was: A gene contains 1200 bases. How many codons will be on the mRNA immediately after transcription? My initial answer was 400 codons, because 1200 ...
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Is it possible for a child to grow taller than their tallest parent?

I have heard that offspring can't grow taller than either of their parents but I've also heard that sometimes some gene activation can skip generations. Is it possible for a child to grow taller than ...
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Is eye colour of Drosophila a polygenic trait or an X-linked trait?

I have seen examples of various eye colours in Drosophila and they have been described both as "X-linked" and "polygenic". I thought these were mutually exclusive. Is Drosophila eye colour polygenic ...
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Is complete genetic linkage possible?

Linkage is the tendency of genes on the same chromosome to remain together during the process of inheritance. Is it possible that two genes will remain linked generation after generation without any ...
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Inheritance patterns in individuals with triploidy

If you search on the genetics of Down's Syndrome, you'll find plenty of results explaining the genetic mechanisms which can result in triploidy. However, I can't find any information on the ...
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Are there examples of selection on males influencing female phenotypes?

I've been studying selection on female body color in a sexually dimorphic species and am intrigued by the possibility that selection on males, whether it be through sexual or natural selection, may ...