The study of the molecular processes of the nucleus and cell function.

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Why does high pH result in the denaturation of DNA?

In the Southern blot method, for example, a solution of NaOH is used to denature the DNA in the sample. I find this counterintuitive since I expected that $\text{Na}^+$ cations would neutralize the ...
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What are pseudoknots?

I'm trying to get my head around what a pseudoknot is and how I can identify them given some RNA string. For example, suppose I have a string s = CGUUGUGUACACGAUAGUACAU. Suppose the two longest ...
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Examples of how the presence or absence 2'-hydroxyl groups influence physicochemical properties of DNA and RNA

I know, for instance, that RNA is much more succetible to alkaline hydrolysis than DNA and this difference is determined by the presence of 2'-hydroxyl group in ribose. I have also heard that "DNA is ...
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Why is carbonylation added as a fixed modification in mass spectrometry peptide analysis?

When using mass spectrometry analysis software we use carbonylation as a fixed modification. What is the significance of this modification and why doesn't it change?
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Why people fear GMOs? Can't we map a plant composition?

My main question is can we map what a fruit is made of? For instance apples are made of 0.0002% of protein X, 0.00001 of protein Y, 0.001% of amino acid Z... etc... If we can, then my next question ...
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Does the use of a Thiazide diuretic affect the ability of a hair follicle to absorb substances?

Thiazide diuretics are on the World Anti Doping Agency's, as well as the International Olympic Committee, list of banned substances due to it ability to mask illegal substances in urine. The rapid ...
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Authority on Microbiological Definitions

Is there an authority on definitions for molecular microbiology concepts, like an IUPAC book for chemical definitions? The particular definition I am debating is chromatin. Some say it encompasses ...
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If you are God, how would you create an efficient priming reaction? [closed]

Imagine that you are “natural selection” (or God if you prefer) and you can reconstitute replication changing the concentrations or the properties (higher/lower activity; reactivity; etc.) of the ...
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How is the type of genetic manipulation determined in CRISPR-Cas9?

I've been reading up a bit on the CRISPR-Cas9 system for gene manipulation. From what I read, it introduces double-strand breaks at specific points determined by the choice of sgRNA. But how do you ...
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In cancer, why do cells duplicate themselves?

In regards to cancer why do cells replicate themselves? If it's a mutation, what kind of mutation would this be classified as?
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mRNA Transcription from Nuclear DNA

How does a cell "know" the coding strand vs. the non-coding strand of DNA during transcription of mRNA?
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what does Pro→Glu substitution mean?

Considering the paper: A single amino acid in E-cadherin responsible for host specificity towards the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes in the abstract portion, what does Pro→Glu mean? Does it ...
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Western Blot: Fischer ECL substrate 2:1 instead of 1:1?

i recently developed a b-actin-ab-incubated PVDF-WB-Membrane with the Thermo Scientific Pierce ECL Kit. According to the manufacterers orders i mixed Reagent 1 and Reagent 2 1:1. But unfortunately i ...
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Zinc and brewer's yeast

I'm hoping for some information relating to yeast nutrition (specifically Saccharomyces cerevisea) in beer fermentation. Zinc is well-known to be necessary for yeast cultures to perform successful ...
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How does estrogen influence collagen synthesis?

Through what mechanisms does estrogen interact with collagen synthesis? Especially in the context of elevated estrogen levels and genesis of purpura simplex .
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Growing E. coli at room temperature?

If I were to do a blue/white selection of transformed E. coli on LB agar ampicillin plates at room temperature (23⁰C) for about 2 days and 18 hours, will I run into the issue of satellite colonies or ...
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Why is the resting potential of a neuron so close to the equilibrium potential of K⁺?

I know this has something to do with the K+ leak channel. I just don't understand how. I know that 3 Na+ are pumped out for every 2 K+ pumped in. This makes the cell interior net negative. I know ...
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What is it about the housekeeping genes that makes them almost immune to gene regulation?

When it comes to eukaryotes, including ourselves, we have all different kinds of specialized cells and tissues that are so different, yet originally all came from the same single cell. And apparently ...
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How to engineer chromosomal duplications?

Specific genetic engineering of chromosomal aberrations like deletions, inversions and translocations are doable by using the CRISPR/Cas system or the other programmable nuclease systems. Insertions ...
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Receptors for red and far-red light in plants: Shade avoidance

Franklin (2009) describes how plants use the ratio of the red wavelength (660-670nm) over the far-red wavelength (725-735nm) (R:FR) in order to avoid shading. My question is: which receptor is ...
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Cannot conjugate Biotin-labeled DNA to Streptavidin-labeled solid surface

I have been trying to immobilize DNA by the bioconjugation of biotin and streptavidin, but I cannot get this work. I added EDC and streptavidin to COOH ...
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Gene expression for mouse feeder cells (inactivated MEFs)

I'm looking for a paper with gene expression data for mouse feeder cells, inactivated by gamma radiation or mitomycin C. Ideally I'd like RNA-seq data but I'll use microarray data if that's all there ...
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How do C. elegans manage nutrition?

If there is ample amount of food, do C. elegans worms know when to stop eating or do they store extra energy? Could they put this extra energy to use by moving faster or putting more eggs?
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RNA isolation from Drosophila head

I need to isolate RNA from Drosophila head. I basically chop the head off and first homogenize it with a homogenizer (similar to this: ...
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Why does a tumour's genome change depending on the environment?

According to the book "Primer of The Molecular Biology of Cancer" by Vincent, Theodore and Ateven, the tumour cell is changed depending on its environment. performed genome-wide analysis on three ...
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How to prevent e coli from clumping (for FACS)?

I'm performing FACS on e coli, but the cells are clumping together so each event is multiple cells. I ran a control where I had one flask of e coli expressing GFP, and one flask expressing RFP. Run ...
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why is DNA antiparallel? Can it be parallel?

My biology textbook mentions that DNA is antiparallel and it got me wondering... Can DNA be parallel? What would happen if it was parallel? could DNA still replicate right?
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Why is ATP the main nucleoside triphosphate used to exchange energy? [duplicate]

Out of all of the nucleoside triphosphates what makes ATP the most used? Is it its structure? The amount of energy it contains? Why is GTP not used as much? What is the deal with the other nucleoside ...
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How many different kinds of polypeptides, each composed of 12 amino acids, could be synthesized using the 20 common amino acids?

How many different kinds of polypeptides, each composed of 12 amino acids, could be synthesized using the 20 common amino acids? The book's answer is $20^{12}$. However, I disagree. This result ...
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Does a man contain all the genes needed to make a woman?

This question is brought on by a Sci Fi novel I am thinking about writing. The plot device involves a colonist in charge of building a population on a new planet who loses his supply of embryos and so ...
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What does the gene name “lexA” stand for?

It is an important gene expressed in E. coli that represses the SOS response and also the expression of lambda lytic phase genes. UV light and damage to DNA is responsible for its breakdown and hence ...
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Why are some genes dominant over others? What is the mechanism behind it?

If I have a brown eye gene which encodes the protein that is responsible for the brown color and have a blue eye gene as well, what is the reason that my eye color is brown? How does one gene maintain ...
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Can concentration of a protein be determined from a gel quantitatively (rough estimation)?

I've got a His-tagged protein in 6M urea, 500 mM imidazole buffer that needs to be quantified before dialysis to ensure there's enough protein worth dialysing. I ran out of my elution buffer which ...
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What is Pan for in pan-caspase?

A simple question (I could not find it on internet): What is Pan for in pan-caspase? Is it any different from the term 'caspase' ?
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Does sample buffer require EDTA for protein separation on SDS PAGE?

In sample buffer preparation we add EDTA, but if SDS-PAGE is for protein then is it necessary to add EDTA in sample buffer? What is role of EDTA in sample buffer for protein separation for SDS-PAGE.
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Protocol for checking pipette calibrations using absorbance readings of a dye in solution?

I've been looking around the net looking for a nice protocol to validate micropipette calibrations using absorbance readings of a dye in solution. Does anyone have one they can share? I'd highly ...
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DNA content in plant seeds vs. fruit flesh

Is there a publication comparing DNA yield and/or PCR-amplifiability after extraction from fruit flesh (like apples, oranges, cherries etc) in comparison to seeds of the same fruits? I would prefer a ...
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What is SDS PAGE gel polymerization time?

I am working on 20% SDS PAGE. I want to know optimum polymerization time for 20% resolving gel and 6% stacking gel. If I increase the time then would it affect the band pattern?
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basic programming and bioinformatics [closed]

As a molecular biology graduate student I have decided to learn some basic programming and bioinformatics since everybody says that it is crucial. For example, what would you learn if you need to work ...
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Concentration of degenerate primers should you dilute to?

I'm a little embarrassed to ask but when you have for example four degenerate primers and the end protocol says that the final primer concentration should be 10 µM working stock, should you make the ...
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What genetic distance model should be used when calculating genetic differences in Arelquin?

I'm using Arelquin to look at the genetic structure between a number of different populations. I want to compare the populations by producing pairwise FST values, however I don't know what model for ...
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Superpatients for Cancer resistance

I was reading an article on MIT Technology review about superpatients for low cholesterol that got me thinking whether such patients exist for cancer. The article is ...
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How are lesions in the RNA corrected?

I quite understand why thymine is present in DNA. So we can mark it out where cytosine undergoes a reaction and is converted to uracil. Then we can repair the DNA. But how can we make that out in RNA ...
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In what sense is the “histone code” a code?

Since I started learning about molecular cell biology, I have witnessed an increasing amount of attention to this thing called a "histone code." However, unlike the central dogma of molecular cell ...
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On which strand does the promoter sit?

My book keeps giving different indicators as to whether the promoters are on the coding or template strand. It says the -35 region in prokaryotes must be on the coding strand. It also mentions, that ...
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How to validate the regulatory interactions inferred from gene expression data?

My algorithm learns regulatory interaction between genes using Bayesian Network approach from gene expression data. After the algorithm has converged to a network of interacting genes, how to validate ...
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What is the definition of a stringent/relaxed plasmid?

I have found a publication which proposes some definitions, including a definition for strict and relaxed replication. The definitions are: Relaxed control of plasmid replication. Relaxed control ...
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Western blotting with multiple antibodies

Normally I wash/detect with one primary/secondary-HRP antibody pair, strip, then wash/detect with the other primary/secondary-HRP pair which works well. However, I recently started working with a ...
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More variation in proteins than genes. Why?

The Genome of a cell or organism is the same as that of the entire organism. However, the proteome of an organism is much greater than that of each cell (unless the organism is unicellular). How do ...
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Resource for finding Repressive/Inhibitory factors for a given gene?

I have a list of genes for each of which I'd like to find: A list of transcription factors that up-regulate the gene A list of inhibitory factors that down-regulate it. I used this tool on ...