The 23 chromosome pairs, made up of 3 billion base-pairs, 22 chromosomes of which are autosomal and one which is an allosome, or sex chromosome.

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How many people's DNA were involved in the compilation of the reference human genome?

I know that the reference human genome is complied from DNA portions from different people, most of whom were European. Do you know how many of them were involved? Do you know which ones were ...
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Are human bodies programmed to die?

Following from this question: What is the evolutionary advantage of death?: Is there any evidence that human bodies have systemic self-destruction built into their developmental program? I'm not ...
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Why reference genome is a reference?

I have heard that a reference genome such as humans is generated by randomly choosing samples from a group of donors. But why do we call the DNA sequence generated as a reference? Why should we ...
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What is the contribution of viruses to the evolution of mankind?

I'm interested in horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, viruses, and organisms such as Bdelloid Rotifers. I've just read in Carl Zimmer's 'A Planet of Viruses' the following passage: As a host ...
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Shortest strings not present in the human genome

What length are the shortest strings of DNA not present in any known person's genome, and what are they? And is there a database online by which I could find this out?
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How is the sequenced genome of a person useful to him in practice, now?

Currently it is possible and not so expensive for a person to have his genome. This is useful in general for understanding how life works. But, in practice, how is this useful for the specific person ...
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What are the function(s) of Alu elements in the cell?

My 2008 biology book (1) states that some 10% of the human genome consists of relatively short (~300 nucleotides long) Alu elements which do not code for proteins but many of which are transcribed ...
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What distinguishes “coding” and “noncoding” DNA from each other?

I've been reading a bit about "junk DNA" and how much of our genome consists of this "non coding DNA" in comparison to "coding DNA". I'm just an interested layperson but I thought all combinations of ...
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Altering the human genome

I recently had a conversation with a rather unusual gentleman who was, let's say, more than a little partial to conspiracy theories. He has this idea that governments are lowering "nanowires" from ...
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Number of transcription factor genes in the human genome

What is the number of the transcription factor genes present in the human genome? Does this value differ compared to Mus musculus, Drosophila melanogaster, Arabidopsis thaliana, C. elegans and S. ...
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What causes skewed lanes in a DNA gel electrophoresis experiment?

In gel electrophoresis, what causes effects like these (see collumn 11 in the first one, an collumn 6 in the second). ? (These images were samples that I took from an online activity we did for ...
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Are there any DNA base sequences that are fully conserved between the genomes of all humans?

That is, they don't differ throughout the entire population. I understand of course that we can't DNA sequence every human, so by "fully" I mean there's an incredibly small probability of there being ...
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In percentage, how much is the human genome (DNA) similar to the mouse genome?

Some guy argued with me against evolution theory, and he claimed that human and mice share 98% just like human and chimpanzee. I've tried to search online for a simple and accurate answer, but I ...
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What about 23andMe's SNP test gives it such bad efficacy as a diagnostic tool?

The recent news about the FDA stopping the google backed 23andMe service selling any more kits got me thinking. I understand the company may have been selling it as a medical tool prematurely, but ...
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How do you merge SNP data with a reference genome?

My Data I have a 23andMe file listing SNPs in the form: ...
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Turning publicly available genome data into proteins

I'm a computer scientist who is starting to dabble with biology. My eventual goal is to model different kinds of cells with a computer program. As of right now, I'm just trying to take some smaller ...
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Results of a complete DNA sequencing - are they 100% reusable?

Is that correct that a complete DNA sequencing (the whole genome) need only to be done once (per person)? After that is done, it the complete genome can be stored and once the new genes (and their ...
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Is there a more updated version of the book “Genome?” [closed]

I read the book Genome by Matt Ridley for my AP biology course. I found it fascinating, although it seems another book must have been written on the topic since 1999. Anything you can recommend?
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What species have had their genomes sequenced/are being sequenced?

The human genome project released it's first complete genome nearly ten years ago. Since then many species have also been sequenced. I am trying to find a list of completed (and possibly ...
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How would you affect bulk DNA gene therapy for a human?

Let's imagine that we understood DNA programming and our genome very well and realized that there were some significant flaws (we die, we need sleep, etc.) And let's imagine that we understand how to ...
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How two genomes adopt when cell goes to recipient's body from donor's body?

We often give blood to another following the blood giving compatibility chart. Heart transplant and similar transplants also brings one's cell to another's body. My curiosity is, when a cell goes to ...
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What is meant by single molecule sequencing?

When sequencing papers refer to single molecule sequencing, what is their definition of a "molecule". Are they saying base by base? The entire DNA chain in a chromosome can also be though of as a ...
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Is it really detrimental to humans as a species to reproduce with one's own first cousin?

Tired of hearing of these urban legends and popular opinions, I ask this question here to see if there really is scientific merit to this belief. My questions is, is it really "harmful" for a person ...
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How many recombination events are there per generation in humans?

I'm looking for a reference that tells me how many recombenation events occur in humans from one generation to the next. Assuming that the human genome is a 3.3 GigaBases long DNA sequence, how many ...
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Markers for human genetic mapping

For human genetic mapping several different types of markers are used: RFLPs (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms) VNTRs (Variable Number of Tandem Repeats) such as mini- and microsatellites ...
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Percentage of understood human DNA [closed]

I want to know what's the approximate percentage of understood human DNA, as in, which part does what. I'm not asking for details, just the amount. Thank you.
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List of heritability estimates in humans?

Many people on this site ask questions that directly or indirectly have to do with heritability in human. Do you know a list of estimates of heritability of various traits in humans? Or could you try ...
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Does GC content determine codon bias or does codon bias determine GC content

I was wondering if someone knows the answer to this quenstion, because I can't find a clear answer, maybe there isn't a clear answer :). question Which of these two is right? or maybe both influence ...
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What is the strand specificity of a reference genome?

It's a simple question but I've come across many people who have this question, is the reference genome Positive of Negative strand? Indeed, I've had heated arguments over the same issue. So here's ...
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How correlated are proximally related CpG sites in human DNA?

Cytosine residues in DNA that can be methylated (i.e. CpG sites) are likely to be in the same methylation state if they are geographically (proximally) close together. I can only find one paper that ...
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Can a new Y-chromosome be created?

The major gene of the Y-chromosome is SRY. Would it be possible to get the X-chromosome and add SRY to create a "fuller" Y-chromosome? What advantage does the skinny Y-chromosome give an individual ...
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Are the Chromosomes organized in any meaningful way? [closed]

So my major is in pharmacy but both my master and my (currently in progress) doctoral degree are both in theoretical chemistry. My thesis is about quantum chemistry and proteins, but it has a certain ...
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How can stem cells be counted in body?

In the study of supercentenarian woman here, it was found that all her blood cells are formed from only two stem cells (ancestor stem cells). How scientists can distinguish cell ancestors? Aren't ...
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Generating custom human DNA sequences based on traits such as eye colour?

I'm wondering if it would be possible to create software (unless some already exists, but I couldn't find any) to generate human DNA (the base pairs on the double helix) containing genes representing ...
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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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mouse gene translated to human gene

I have a list of mouse genes, but all our analysis happens for human genes. Is that possible to translate these mouse genes to human genes? and is there any tool that can help me on this? I am ...
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Criteria for the numbering of human chromosomes

What were the criteria devised for the numbering convention employed in human chromosomes? When was it fixed? Correct me if I am wrong; it appears that chromosome pairs 1 to 22 were originally ...
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Amount of Heterozygosity

How many loci in the human genome are heterozygous? How about other species? EDIT: I was wondering, considering for example the whole world population, how many of the human genes actually have two ...
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Referencing the homologous chromosomes

There exist a co-ordinate system from chromosomes like "12p11.3". In this system, first integer range from 1 to 23 i.e it takes homologous chromosomes as a pair. If we want to distinguish among ...
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Interpreting SNP-in-gene associations from GWAS studies

For most SNPs identified in GWAS studies, is the underlying assumption that if it is indeed associated with a phenotype (and lets assume its associated because it affects protein function), that you ...
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Insertion of synthetic DNA sequence

If I have some synthetic DNA sequence (<=20 bp long), is there a way for me to reliably insert this sequence next to some n-bp motif? I'd like for this to be possible in humans. If so, are there ...
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Will someone with a double mutation in the allosomes be normal?

Normally a female human has an X allosome from her father and an X allosome form her mother. What if an double mutation happened, which causes that someone has two X allosomes form her mother and no ...
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condensed protocol for sequencing a portion of human DNA from buccal sample

Anyone have a short & sweet protocol for PCR amplifying a region of human DNA (chromosomal or mt, I don't care) extracted from a buccal sample: including validated primer sequences and preferred ...
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Why are the genomes of Humans 99.5% the same?

Human's DNA sequence is said to be roughly 99.5% equal. As far as I understand, this means that if I walked up to you and compared our DNA, the sequence of base pairs would be 99.5% the same. My ...
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What physical traits are derived from the Neanderthal DNA in human DNA?

Some researches had found that Human DNA has a bit of Neanderthal DNA. So they suggested there would have been crossing between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals. Now the Neanderthal looked a bit ...
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No. of genes in chromosomes. phenotype

Why do cells need all the genes of all the 22 pairs (excluding the 2 X- or Y-chromosomes) of autosomes in every somatic cell, when each and every cell which is specialised for its function does not ...
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Genome Project Focusing on gene ADRB2?

I am not sure which project database to use UCSC or Ensembl for my asthma study about ADRB2 gene (Arg/Arg-16 genotype). I am using the original Human Genome Project database at the moment. However, I ...
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Where can I find a file listing the genetic differences in humans?

I don't know much about genetics. For an arts project I'm looking for a human genome. I read that: Only about 0.1% of the genome is different among individuals, which equates to about 3 million ...
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why dna polymerase 3 requires a primer for replication [duplicate]

Why DNA polymerase 3 needs a primer to star replication.And whats happens when there is no AUG sequence on entire DNA.