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How large are medullary thymic epithelial cells in volume?

I'm looking for a rough average volume of medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs/MECs) in humans and mice. It would also help to know how they differ in form (are they spherical, long stretched, ...
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Relationship between Human Sleep Cycles & Sunlight

What is the relationship between the human sleep cycle and Sunlight? Why do humans tend to sleep for longer hours during the night than the day. Since we rely on Artificial lighting during the night ...
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Why is a wound much more painful when damp?

Why is a wound much more painful when damp? This is a very strange phenomenon. For example: I have a little wound, not painful at all. But, when it is just damp, it is much painful.
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Are all the atoms in your body replaced with others over a 30 year period?

I was reading Creation - Life and How to Make It by Steve Grand. (This is the book that inspired Jeff Bezos to start the AWS initiative. ) In it he makes the following statement: Anyhow, by now I ...
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Do Class A biosolids count as organic fertiliser?

Does Human Waste, which has been treated at least twice to remove pathogens & remove stink, still count as organic despite it passing the EPA's class A standard? If so, does this mean that ...
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Use of sunlight in biological processes

Sunlight is used by green plants in photosynthesis, but it is also used by animals in the synthesis of Vitamin D. Are there any similarities between the two processes and how is the light energy ...
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Is it true that our tooth enamel shows a 7 days rhythm?

Is it true that in fossil remains of the Turkana Boy a kind of growth rings are found in tooth enamel which have a rhythm of a week? This also appears to apply to other primates? If so what is the ...
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Fasting gastric pH versus normal gastric pH

I want to know if someone is fasting (no food or drink for a whole day) will they have a higher or lower pH than a person who is eating regularly? If so what is an estimate of both of those pH's in ...
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If human proteins are synthesized from only 20 different amino acids, then how can there be such variety of proteins in human cells?

I know that human proteins are synthesized using only 20 different amino acids. However, how can there be thousands of different proteins in human cells, if we only use 20 amino acids to make them?
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Are there biological safeguards to compensate for male primate infertility?

I'm trying to understand human sexual selection, and the following question has been on my mind for some time. I don't know the exact terminology to do a quality scholarly search on the subject. Are ...
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Why does the blood not clump and result in death?

In this question's accepted answer, it is said that the blood type will slowly change to that of the donor's. When the blood in the person is about 50% his own and 50% that of the donor's. i.e, 50% A ...
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What kind of cell has the most different receptors?

All hormones and neurotransmittors has their own receptor. Now some of the cells has a few different receptors but others has many sorts of receptors. So what are the most receptive cells? Are that ...
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What is the cause that angina pectoris is felt in your left arm?

When someone has heart problems sometimes they feel pain in their left arm. But why is the left arm painfull?
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Why is there no symmetry in pigmentation when comparing people north and south of the equator?

If you are at the equator and start moving north, the further you travel, the lighter the skin of the indigenous peoples. Considering that we live on a ball, why do we not find the same traveling ...
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When touch and pain are caused by heat/cold or pressure how are the nerve cells triggered?

I suppose that when your skin is smoothly touched by any cold/heat or pressure we feel that because our AB cells notice this due to a kind of change in the nerve cell. But when you touch something ...
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Does the change in eye color (melanin concentration) affect the iris pattern?

In cases of acquired heterochromia, is there a quantifiable change in the iris pattern; the clefts , furrows, etc. If yes, what changes are observed? And if no, are there any diseases or acquired ...
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If our skin is burned by the sun what causes the red color of the skin?

Mostly it is not a good sign we are burned because too much UV light has damaged our skin and increases skincancers. But the red color we get after a few ours, what is the exact cause of it and why ...
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Anaerobic nutrient expenditure

Doing some research into different forms of exercise and energy systems and I realized something odd about the way we talk about energy. When we eat, we take on macronutrients that are broken down ...
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the evolution of the human brain size [closed]

I was thinking, as I know, sometimes the process of producing DNA did not work well(correct me if I'm wrong), so it gives us some changes in the object we gonna ...
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Can viruses be toxic?

Bacteria can produce toxins like endotoxins and exotoxins. In diseases like cholera or tetanus they can harm infected people due to these toxins. Now, although viruses are much smaller and are ...
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Does our immune system react on all bacteria?

In our body we carry a lot of bacteria. Some of them are bad for our health, but others are beneficial. For example bacteria may protect us against other pathogenic bacteria. But is our immune ...
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I don't want to know what bacteria is called but if the bacteria from unborn babies have benifits on health? [duplicate]

This question is not the same as the duplicate. I was told that when babies are born they are born with bacteria in their stomach. When a child takes antibiotics are there unique bacteria destroyed ...
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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 ...
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Are high sounds worse for your hearing than low sounds?

From about 80 dB it is possible to suffer loss hearing after a couple of hours. But does it make a difference what frequencies those sound waves are or is it just the volume of the sound in dB that ...
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What will happen when humans are injected with plant growth hormones

Will plant growth hormones (PGHs), (let us consider auxins for example) poison our body or not? I do realise that when you eat a shoot, auxins get digested and are less likely to be poisonous but when ...
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What Would Happen To a Human Who Died In Space And Stayed There For a Prolonged Period of Time? [closed]

Last night I was watching a documentary regarding the Apollo space program, and it spoke about how Apollo 8 orbited the moon 10 times then came back to Earth. It said that while the ship was in orbit ...
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Do babies conceived naturally or artificially have any differences in long-term health?

Are there any long-term differences in children conceived via artificial insemination or sexual intercourse, pending that the mother successfully delivers the child?
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Do both the Sperm and Egg must be at exactly 7.4 pH for fertilization?

I suddenly came across this article and it says that for human conception to occur both the sperm and egg must be at exactly 7.4 pH - not 7.0, nor 7.7 but 7.4. If conception depended on such exact ...
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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 is it advised that infants are fed mother's milk?

I have heard that mother's milk is preferred over other baby foods, because it contains immunoglobulines (secretory IgA), and other essential nutrients. But why is mother's milk so special? Any ...
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Is Zika suspected of causing birth defects only if contracted during pregnancy?

There seems to be growing evidence that a recently spreading strain of Zika virus is in fact linked to microencephaly and other birth defects in newborns (see here, here, and here for examples). I ...
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Why is it always Sodium that we talk of in blood pressure?

Why is that we emphasize so much on sodium in blood pressure? I understand that it is a major extracellular ion, but, it also is tightly regulated. So when something is that tightly regulated, won't ...
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Why are oral cells (or tissues) more heat resistant? [closed]

When we are having meals, such as enjoying hot pot and drinking hot water, we only have a sense of "warm" in our mouth, or even along the organs in alimentary canal. But when we put our fingers into ...
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Identifying an Unknown Blood Type [closed]

The following case study has a student working with blood samples to identify their blood types (A, B, AB, and O). Consider the situation and answer the questions. A student is given eight ...
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Why do kupffer cells not attack sporozoites of malaria?

During malaria, why don't kuppfer cells (hepatic macrophages) attack the plasmodium and stop schizogony, thus saving us from the disease?
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Is natural selection still at work in humans in the 21st century? [duplicate]

There has been some disussion on this site about some aspects (e.g. evolution of eye sight, or height, or the effect of medicine, or evolution the past $\sim10000$ years). My question is really more ...
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Are Young Girls Stronger than Young Boys?

According to "common wisdom" the average man has, as a proportion of his body weight, 50% more muscle mass than the average woman. This is in addition to how the average man is several inches taller ...
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Can humans extract calories from all roots? [closed]

Roots are used for storing plants' energy, which suggests that humans could extract the calories by consuming them. However, I have been unable to find any substantial sources on consuming the roots ...
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Is the amount of blood same in the pulmonary and systemic foetal circulation?

We learn that the stroke volume is the same for the right and left side of the heart. So the amount of blood in either circulations should also be the same. (is it? I myself doubt this statement. As ...
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What is the name of the property of viruses can activate a second time, with different symptoms?

The Varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox in children and shingles in adults. It appears after the initial infection, it can go dormant in the nerve, and reactivate itself decades later. In ...
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Variation of human body temperature during physical exercises [closed]

I'm currently doing a research on "Variation of human body temperature during physical exercises". I have to study about Heat equation in 1-D , 2-D and 3-D. Are there any good resources that I can ...
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What is the name of the category of viruses that affect only one side of the body?

The Varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox in children and shingles in adults. When the virus attacks as shingles, one of its distinguishing characteristics is that it only affects one side of the ...
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What is the name of the property of viruses that can go dormant in the host for 30 years?

The Varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox in children and shingles in adults. It appears after the initial infection, it can go dormant in the nerve, and reactivate itself decades later. My ...
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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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Lookup for transporter locations in humans

I am interested in several transporters and cotransporters (eg SLC12A1/2 and many others), more precicely, in (human) organism that are made of cells containing those transporters. So does anyone know ...
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Can a Turner syndrome patient develop male characteristics artificially?

From an answer to the question Can stem cells from male convert to cells of female-only organs, and vice versa? Y chromosome is the sex determining chromosome with SRY gene that determines testes ...
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At what temperature do human bones disintegrate?

I know, the human skin can get damaged as quickly as 2 seconds, when exposed to temperature above 80 Celsius. However, what about human bones, say the skull? For example, when you cook a meal, at ...
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Does variation in human gut length vary predictably with diet of ancestors?

Background: Numerous online searches, textbooks and other sources seem to pin the average length of the human gut from mouth to anus (oroanal) between about 5-10m in length. To pick a reputable ...
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Real Wine and Real Bread Superfoods? [closed]

On NPR news on the Fm Radio a doctor said wine and bread is the best 2 things you can eat together? A practice observed to this day by Christianity although the bread and wine are badly stripped of ...