This tag is for questions about the general biological features of human beings (as opposed to the biology of non-humans).

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Simultaneously using both hands - How does that work?

Is some part in one hemisphere the decision maker and "calling the shots" - controlling the opposite side's hand "directly" and controlling its own side's hand through the corpus callosum. Or: is ...
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Are Asian people shorter than Europeans?

People in different countries have different average heights. For example, Wikipedia's article on human height states that Australian men have an average height of 177.8 cm, and Australian women 163.8 ...
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level of organisation of proteins

Is there any disulphide bond in a quaternary structured protein? If yes, please provide examples. In tertiary structured proteins, what is(are) the most important characteristic(s) of tertiary ...
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Is it theoretically possible to treat filaggrin deficiency with a dietary supplement?

http://f1000.com/prime/reports/m/3/2/ "Filaggrin is a highly abundant protein expressed in the uppermost part of the epidermis that is critical to the formation and hydration of the stratum ...
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What are hot spots on human body?

Recently I have just discovered that a certain amount of the mobile phone frequency can be absorbed by human tissues. For example, this is the SAR info of iPhone 4s: Head: 1.180 W/kg 1 g Body: ...
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Can HIV be transmitted via breastfeeding?

If a pregnant women is HIV positive and she is treated with medicines to deliver a normal child,can she transfer the HIV virus back to her normal HIV free child by colostrum?
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How much vanilla will kill a person?

I received a gift that is a jug of Pure Mexican Vanilla. Having never dealt with large quantities of vanilla, it made me curious as to what would happen if a person had too much vanilla. I understand ...
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What happens to fecal matter if it's continually re-eaten?

After class today, the topic of eating one's one fecal matter came up. There was a sharp divide as to how people thought the defecations would change. I realize this is a bit of an odd question but ...
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What is the biological function of nose hair?

What is the biological function of nose hair? In general, can we consider underarm hair and pubic hair to be vestigial structures?
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Does healthcare and therapy affect natural selection adversely? [duplicate]

In the last 200 years or so, healthcare and therapy has been revolutionized. Mortality rates are going down everywhere. Even if the disease is terminal, medicine can prolong life for quite a while. ...
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Tap vs. mineral water for drinking

I was told a human should drink a small glass (0,3 liter) of mineral water per day to get the minerals. What is the rationale behind this? What is the difference between tap water and mineral water in ...
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Religion and Genetics

Are there studies that investigate the heritability of believing in supernatural things (or related concepts)? Or stated differently. Are there studies that ...
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Drinkable liquids that dont contain water [closed]

Are there any drinkable liquids that don't contain water? By drinkable I mean it would not harm me by just drinking it, like water.
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Applying saliva to mosquito bites

Is it true that; when you apply your own saliva to a mosquito bite it would stop itching ?
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What is in Mosquito bites?

I was wondering what is in the mosquito bites, which causes the swelling of the skin at the bite and also the itching. I know that the mosquito injects some stuff, but what is it?
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Why do veins look blue?

I know that veins carry oxygen. Veins look blue because the oxygen-depleted blood in them is blue. Is this true??
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Human female chest model or data representation?

I am looking for professionally used representation of female chest (I know how it sounds ;). Generally - a model comprehensive enough to effectively represent human chest, with focus on breasts. ...
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Is the human body composition real?

In Fullmetal Alchemist when Ed goes to disprove to Rose the Sun God's "miracle" to bring humans back to life by proving that science (in the form of Alchemy) can create people by saying Water (35 ...
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Cancer growth and cell division [closed]

I am confused about the prerequisites for cell division and cancer. Which of the following is necessary for the cell cycle to progress? Hormones Growth factor Cyclins Cyclin dependent kinases ...
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What is inside IDL (intermediate density lipoproteïn)?

I am studying about the endogene lipidcycle in the human body and I know that VLDL (very low density lipoproteïn) is made in the liver and that it contains triglycerides and cholesterol from your food ...
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Why do we suffer abdominal pain after we get very angry or stress?

You also realize probably, when we get so much anger or high levels of stress, after some point we have terrible stomach ache, like really heavy pain. Why is that? How stress or anger can effect our ...
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If the top epidermal layer is burned away, what is it replaced with?

If the squamous (top) layer of epidermis, or skin, is burned or damaged in another way, will it then be replaced by the next layer of below? Also, from where does the basal membrane originate? Does ...
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What cells don't have a primary cilium?

It is often stated that most cells in the human body have a primary cilium. Which ones don't? For which cells is it unknown?
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What is the evolutionary cause for various finger lengths?

Why are the lengths the way they are with middle finger the longest?
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Could humans choose to establish fibre digesting colonies in our guts?

Humans don't digest fibre, and nor do any animals, but some creatures have micro-organisms (bacteria, I'm guessing) in their gut which digest fibre for them. My question is, could humans take some ...
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What is atrial fibrillation?

I am wondering exactly what a-fib is (causes and symptoms). I would really appreciate having a sample of an EKG with it (because in my limited research, I have found it nearly impossible to find just ...
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Effects of having too much vitamin D?

I saw there was another question about vitamin D; however, I do not believe this is a repeat. What are some of the effects/side effects of having too much vitamin D in your body?
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Do macrophages engulf mtDNA?

Let us assume that in a human body, a mitochondrial DNA is released to extracellular environment. We know that mtDNA inheritance is solely matrilineal. So the question is, If your mitochondrial DNA ...
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In-Ear headphones increasing nasal breathing resistance

I figure this is a rather strange question, however, I noticed this quite some time ago and wanted to make sure that this is in fact a permanent condition before posting. The situation is as follows: ...
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Is there a hormone combination that makes humans grumpy?

Imagine a typical situation that is likely to give rise to a bad temper within an individual: a person is awoken very early in the morning by a sound of a lawn being mowed next door. Unlike expected ...
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What is the current scientific position on the issue of human race?

Race is perhaps one of the most controversial and sensitive issues in anthropology, biology, and other related fields. As a non-scientist, I've used google to probe the disparity between the positions ...
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Chemical events of fertilization

During the acrosome reaction, the activation enzyme present in the sperm dissolves the corona radiata and zona pellucida enabling the sperm to reach the plasma membrane of the egg. Also calcium and ...
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Why is there no cure for Dandruff?

It looks like a simple problem, affecting almost half of the population at the post-pubertal age and of any gender and ethnicity [wikipedia]. What is so complex about finding a cure? Also, if you know ...
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Why doesn't Diabetes cause death by starvation?

The main cause for diabetes is lack of insulin in the body. Insulin is the hormone that allows body cells to absorb glucose from the blood. With out insulin, the body cells can't get glucose from the ...
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What is the normal duration of human sexual intercourse?

Wikipedia is saying: Men's typical ejaculatory latency is approximately 4–8 minutes How the researchers measured this? How did they know if the test subjects weren't suffering from premature ...
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Biology in romantic love

Hi could anyone explain the biological basis behind romantic love. What is the biological basis of falling in love?I know that serotonin and dopamine are secreted when we first fall in love. What ...
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How does Oedipus complex fit in the evolutionary theory? [closed]

This is somthing that really makes me curious. How is posible that trough a evolution process the best posible candidate is the one that falls in love whith his progenitor?
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How do you increase eumelanin but not pheomelanin?

Are Scientists currently looking into this?
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Trauma, blood loss and thirst

Back story. Watched an episode of Arctic Air, (season three episode six), where they are practicing and hoping to become a licensed search and rescue airline. Anyhow; two hikers gets attacked by a ...
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Could light/occasional smoking strengthen the lungs?

Here's my thought process, correct me where I'm wrong. It seems the human body has thresholds. Examples: You lift too much weight, and the muscles and tendons risk serious injury, but otherwise ...
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Why is brown fat brown?

I read in Tortora and Derrickson Anatomy and Physiology that : Another type, called brown adipose tissue obtains its darker color from a very rich blood supply , along with numerous pigmented ...
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Getting goosebumps at will

I can get goosebumps at will, regardless of the environment. Its mostly visible on my arms, and I can feel it on my head. It requires some level of concentration to achieve this. My questions are : ...
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What are Antihistamines doing in a baby?

In his song Lullaby, Tim Minchin sings: Your nappy is dry and your tummy is full Of enough antihistamine to chill out a bull Yet still all this gringing According to Wikipedia, ...
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Why will tissue from identical twin be rejected in some cases?

From Medline Plus : Also, transplants from one identical twin to another are almost never rejected. My question : Why can a tissue from an identical twin be rejected ?
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Can a virophage potentially be used to cure a viral disease?

Wikipedia states "Virophages are satellite viruses that inhibit or impair the reproduction of the auxiliary virus." Is it theoretically possible for a virophage that doesn't hurt the human body to ...
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What happens to human dopaminergic reward system once a teenager becomes adult?

I've recently heard a podcast which explained teenage impulsivity and novelty seeking in part by "Lowering the baseline dopamine activity in the reward system" "Increase in dopaminergic reward in ...
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Any forms of pneumonia that can be caught?

I am aware of the fact that there are several different types of pneumonia. However, I am wondering if any of these types of pneumonia are contagious from person to person. Is this possible?
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Neurology: spinal tract

I have had a few difficulties finding answers for the questions below. I have tried answering the first two myself; but, I am not sure they are correct or not. And I am not too sure about the third ...
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Relationship between small and large fast-twitch motor units

When large fast-twitch motor units are temporarily fatigued, non-fatigue small motor units in the same muscle are impaired for small delicate tasks. Why? When impulses from the brain comes down, the ...
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Why basement membrane thickens in diabetes mellitus?

Untreated diabetes mellitus may lead to blindness and kidney failure because the basement membrane of small blood vessels in these organs thickens due to increased production of collagen and laminin. ...