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Did the number of rods changed from ancient time?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I know that rods work under limited light conditions only. But now we are in a world that always have lights everywhere unlike ancient time when humans had to deal with ...
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How can a blood test give information about rickets?

Can we detect rickets from a blood test? What evidence pf rickets is in the blood and how is the blood treated to detect rickets?
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Difference between the spinal cord and vertebrae column

What is the difference between the spinal cord and the vertebrae column, they both run through from the head to the abdomen. Does any one have any idea.
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What is the difference between chloride shift and Bohr shift?

Does anyone know the difference between chloride shift and Bohr shift? Is it that Bohr shift happens in respiring tissues when CO2 concentration is low, and that Chloride shift happens in the blood ...
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How long do viruses, such as Zika, stay in the body?

Can a virus stay in your body (after recovery) in a concentration that is sufficient to infect someone? Is it known how long the Zika virus persists in the body?
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Do the antibodies in a patient suffering from Hashimoto's, attack the thyroid hormones or the thyroid gland (or both?)?

If oral thyroid hormone supplement is administered, is the attack stopped or does it just create an excess of thyroid hormones so that even after a lot of it is destroyed by the antibodies, there is ...
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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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Model for Oxygen diffusion into tissue? [on hold]

Currently I have an idea and want to research it's feasibility. I want to know how oxygen or any other particle could diffuse into the body through small holes in the skin. is it possible to ...
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Do people often blow out the air from their lungs a lot when living in the cold condition to keep their lungs warm?

Do people often blow out the air from their lungs when living in cold climatic conditions to keep their lungs warm? I ask this question because it could connect to how people in different areas ...
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What is a catalytic domain?

I have to answer a few questions from an article I'm reading, and I am just really confused on defining "catalytic domain." I have to relate it to the antibiotic Teixobactin. Is catalytic domain the ...
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How does prolonged exposure to high frequency noise affect hearing?

Is there any research showing how prolonged exposure to background noises, particularly high frequency noises, affect hearing abilities? Does constant high pitched noise cause damage even a low ...
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The impossibility of making a human in a lab [on hold]

Am I right if I say that the only place where the right conditions exist for developing a human being is the womb, so that people will never be able to make a human being in a lab? In order to develop ...
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Infants tend to look longer at novel stimuli than at repeated stimuli, is this true in adults? [migrated]

I have recently read an article in which it is stated, that the researchers can discriminate if a baby knows an object, by looking at the length of time the baby looks at the object. Is this feature ...
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Acrosomal enzymes and the female reproductive tract

My textbook wrote that the reason why acrosomal enzymes are so securely contained within the sperm (thus needing capacitation to facilitate their release) is to prevent any premature release in the ...
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In the life-cycle of the HIV virus, how does the created DNA enter the nuclear membrane?

I am in a high school biology class, so I cannot truly attest to how accurate the information I am given is, but as far as I know only RNA and very small molecules can enter the nuclear membrane ...
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I am 15 and 163 cm tall - will I grow taller? [migrated]

I am a 15 year old Indian. I currently stand at 163 cms but I weigh 75 kg, which is overweight I know. But is there any way I'll grow more? If yes, how much? My dad's height is 172 cm and my mom is ...
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When and why did humans start disliking the way we naturally smell? [on hold]

Like many animals, humans produce pheromones as well as other scents from sweating, bacteria, etc. Many of these scents are used throughout the animal kingdom for mate choice, recognition of ...
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Can the dead be brought back to life by viruses?

Zombies have been a part of popular culture for decades. The living dead rising up to take over the world is a terrifying concept, worthy of Hollywood blockbusters and television hits. Some of those ...
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Hematopoietic System Kinetics [on hold]

I am looking for some help finding reference(s) showing cell turnover rates in the hematopoietic system. Including how long a given cell type like granulocytes would be expected to exist in peripheral ...
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Is the Michael Jackson skin pigmentation disease realistic?

Quoting wikipedia: Jackson's skin had been a medium-brown color for the entire duration of his youth, but starting in the mid-1980s, it gradually grew paler. The change gained widespread media ...
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Why are eye defects so common? [duplicate]

The title says it all, what makes eye defects so common in the world? Whereas defects of any other body part is quite uncommon, I searched online and one of the articles said that 6 out of 10 people ...
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Advantage of GCPRs over RTKs or other receptor protein kinases

My book lists two important differences between GCPRs and receptor protein kinases: GCPRs do not directly activate a signal transduction pathway. It only does so indirectly, via a G protein. On the ...
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Can you get pregnant from having sex in a hot tub after sitting in it for a while? [closed]

I'd call the question "How does staying in hot water affect men's chances to impregnate a woman" but you get the idea already. At school we are taught that sperm die at 92 °F (~33.3333 °C) and below ...
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Does human body have a centre of mass? [migrated]

According to this site, The center of mass of the human body depends on the gender and the position of the limbs. In a standing posture, it is typically about 10 cm lower than the navel, near the ...
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Growth factors vs. mitogens

According to Campbell Biology, A growth factor is a protein released by certain cells that stimulates other cells to divide. and according to Wikipedia, A mitogen is a chemical substance ...
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How does geography affect morphological features of the human body

I've seen many times how a person born in one place, goes to another country for a long time, and then they start looking more like the people there, but I never found out how it works. This report ...
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Can one eye affect the other eye's low-light adaption?

This previous question addresses how long eyes need to adapt to darkness and reach full contrast. My question is how does one eye affect the "transition" and/or efficacy of this "night vision" of the ...
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Is there a blood panel lab test that measures all the hormone-producing glands?

I understand that there are gland-specific hormone tests, such as: Secretin: for the pancreas; and Prolactin/ACTH: for the pituitary; and PTH: for the payathyroid, etc. However, are there any ...
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Is silent flatulence actually smellier? [closed]

The colloquial phrase silent but deadly refers to the passing of intestinal gas where the passing is remarkably silent but the odour is especially strong. In my ...
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What is the best way to block cigarette smoke from the body? [closed]

Would it be better to hold your breath after smelling the presence of it or quickly inhale and exhale to get rid of it in your system(body)? EDIT: Changed from carbon monoxide to cigarette smoke.
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awakening effects of light

I tried reading by light from a neighbouring room and felt sleepier than if my own lights were on. Is there a formula for the intensity of light vs physiological preparation for sleep(calcium, ...
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Is urine sterile? A reference request for evidence supporting sterility

There is a seemingly unfounded mantra that a person's urine is sterile who is not suffering from a UTI. So far I have found convincing evidence to the contrary; urine is not sterile. This poster ...
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How efficient is the human body at metabolizing food?

My friend and I were having a discussion over how "efficient" human digestion is. If a human ate a 1000 calorie hamburger, how many of those calories (how much energy) does the body process into ...
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How significant is the genetic component of homosexual behaviour?

From some basic googling, I found that nobody has ever proven that people are born gay and that environment plays a great part in homosexuality. I wish to know if there is a genetic component to ...
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Vitamin E Production and Sun Light [closed]

Do animals with fur need sunlight to produce vitamin E? It it necessary to have sunlight in humans to make it?
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What fills the spaces between non-fused sacral vertebrae?

What is in between the sacral vertebrae before they are fused? I have looked and found no specific descriptions. If it is simply cartilage, what type of cartilage?
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Corpus luteum during the luteal phase and gonadotropins

Does the corpus luteum operate independently of the hypothalamic-hypophyseal-ovarian axis? I know that hCG sustains the corpus luteum in the absence of FSH and LH, but in an ovarian cycle where there ...
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Is there any scientific evidence that a human has ever grown a third set of teeth?

This is about the possibility (or lack thereof) for a person to re-grow a new "permanent tooth" or set of teeth, to replace the teeth that grew after their milk teeth fell out. I had earlier seen ...
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Does medication make the body dependent? [closed]

First of, I know of course that certain medication can cause an addiction if incorrectly used. But as far as I understand it, drugs prone to cause addiction have some agent in it, that makes them ...
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Are there fundamental differences between the adaptive immune systems of higher primates and other mammals?

I recently attended a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society lecture in which one of the lecturers indicated that there are fundamental differences between the adaptive immune systems of higher primates and ...
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What is 'noise'?

In both my psychology, biology and neuroscience classes, professors are constantly talking about 'noise'. For instance, our perception is limited due to 'sensory noise' in our neurons. I am utterly ...
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Does evolution thinks? [closed]

I understand evolution as survival of the fittest rule , where its the nature and surroundings that shapes the life by extinction of species which are not fit to survive the nature at that period. To ...
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At any given moment, how much energy is stored in the human body as ATP?

At any given moment, approximately how much energy is stored in the human body as ATP in the ADP-P-bond? This of course depends on what type of cell it is and the activity of the individual in ...
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How long do your eyes need to adapt to darkness and reach full contrast?

I heard you should wait some time until your eyes adapt to darkness and are able to see smallest luminosity differences, otherwise you might overlook faint objects in the ocular. Are there any rules ...
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Skull size of Homo naledi

I want to 3D print the skull of the newly discovered Homo naledi. The printing data can be found here: http://morphosource.org/index.php/Detail/MediaDetail/Show/media_id/7300 Where can I find the ...
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What is the maximum altitude where humans can survive?

What is the highest altitude that a human can survive without being pressurized? Let's assume that oxygen and heat/insulation are not the limiting factors? Why I asked.
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Can we artificially increase human growth using HGH?

Robert Pershing Wadlow was a man who lived in the first half of the twentieth century. He had hyperplasia of his pituitary gland, which caused him over-produce human growth hormone (HGH), and as a ...
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Why is exocrinous pancreatic cancer so lethal when compared to others?

I know it seems far fetched, but I would really like to understand why an interference with the regulation of production of pancreatic exocrine products (and which are they) is so lethal. I know that ...
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Why do pupils dilate in response to emotional state? [migrated]

I just came across an article on the internet stating that, Pupils dilate when we find someone or something attractive. So, as far as I know, this kind of dilation doesn't seem to have any ...