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

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Why bacteria produce light?

After seeing this video I am curious to know why the free living bacteria produce light. What advantage will they have ? Or is it just an "unintentional" result of one of their pathways ?
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Online Molecular and Cellular Biology Video Lectures?

I am looking for video lectures to go through to guide my reading in intro molecular and cellular biology. I've had intro bio and I study evolutionary theory, but my molecule- and cell-level knowledge ...
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How much does the distance between a transcription factor binding site and a promoter influence transcription?

Assume we have a synthetic construct with a minimal (inducible) promoter that requires activation for significant transcription to occur. Realistically, how important is the distance between an ...
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Would expression of GroEL and GroES in erythrocytes be a potentially effective therapy for sickle cell disease?

Would expression of GroEL and GroES in erythrocytes be a potentially effective therapeutic strategy for sickle cell disease? Why or why not?
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What is the minimum length required for a circular DNA ligation?

What is the minimum length of a DNA molecule for the ends to come in close enough contact that they can ligate. Assume there are free divalent cations in solution. Does anyone have any idea?
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What did Richard Feynman contribute to molecular biology?

Some time ago, I read James Gleick's "Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman", a wonderful biography of Feynman and, by extension, most of modern physics. In this book, the author mentions ...
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Orientations of codon and anticodon

So 5'-AUG-3' is the start codon on an mRNA transcript Does that mean that the tRNA anticodon is 5'-CAU-3'? Here, I see that the tRNA anticodon for methionine is UAC, and the chart doesn't specify ...
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What is the relation between plasmid concentration and mRNA levels?

Suppose a simple synthetic construct, consisting of a constitutive promoter and a single gene: One of the simplest ways to model GFP transcription is to use an ODE: $\frac{d [GFP_{mRNA}]}{dt} = a - ...
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How to avoid air bubbles while pipetting?

I get air bubbles while pipetting small volumes. How can I avoid them ?
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Ribosomal RNA amount in a Drosophila cell

I am isolation RNA from Drosophila larvae brain with TRIzol method. What percentage of extracted RNA will be ribosomal RNA? I am only interested in mRNA, so I am trying to figure out whether I need to ...
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Does the MS2 RNA binding protein have any translational repression effects?

Reposted from Quora: http://www.quora.com/Does-the-MS2-RNA-binding-protein-have-any-translational-repression-effects I'm thinking of the MS2 protein binding to its RNA hairpin target. Would the ...
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PAH gene mutation

Analysis of the DNA of the Phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene in a patient with phenylketonuria revealed a mutation in the protein coding region whose predicted effect would be to replace the amino ...
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Explanation of the terms “downstream signaling” and “upstream signaling”

In molecular biology, what's the meaning of the terms "downstream signaling" and "upstream signaling"? What's the difference between them?
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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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RNase and EtOH issue

I work with RNA and I have some RNase issues. For example I am using RNeasy mini kit and at one step I use 100% EtOH. It does not say it is RNase free or not. Does absolute EtOH inhibits or removes ...
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How to relate human metabolic model reactions and cancer drug targets / reactome items?

Trying to find a way to take a cancer drug (from CancerDR, for instance) and infer the metabolic reactions that are affected by it in the Human Metabolic Model. Essentially, I would like to know ...
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How do I create a probe for in situ hybridization?

I tried to make the probe several times but it failed again and again. It usually turns out that the probe after hydrolysis is very very short (maybe around 50nt). I did not check the RNA before ...
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Why do we add salt when precipitating DNA?

All the DNA extraction protocols I have seen involve adding salts to the extraction buffer. What is the purpose of the salts? What happens if they aren't included?
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Translation of mRNA?

We inserted an insulin gene from human into bacteria. Will translation of the gene (protein formation) occur in bacteria? If translation occurs then why does it occurs, give a reason for this?
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How to determine the actual flux in the human metabolic model of a cell line?

The problem to be solved is to determine what the flux values are for the different reactions in the human metabolic model. As far as I understand, a good way to do that would be to use gene ...
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Do “transcription factor binding site” and “operator” mean the same thing?

Can the terms "transcription factor binding site" and "operator" be used interchangeably in all contexts when referring to a DNA sequence, e.g. regardless of a cell type, whether or not the binding ...
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Cloning of a sheep.. Dolly?

Dolly the sheep was a clone. When she was born she was eight years old on her 1st day of birth, her mother (from which she was cloned) was also eight years old. What is a molecular reason behind this ...
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Why is the number of PCR cycles limited?

I've been told that the maximum number of cycles in PCR is between 20 and 30. Is this true, and what are the reasons for this limitation?
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What method would you use to genotype SNPs in low quality samples?

What method would you use to genotype SNPs in low quality samples? I ideally want to genotype hundreds of SNPs in hundreds of scat samples (very low amount of target DNA, potentially degraded and ...
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Should I design a primer to detect virus based on NCBI genebank?

When I searched HIV on NCBI gene bank, I found 2 results from 1997: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genome/?term=HIV. HIV can change every day, so I think the sequence from 1997 is not useful. Is it?
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Hardy-Weinberg applied to three alleles and stimation of allele frequencies

I have this equation: Corresponds to HW in equilibria with three alleles: $(p+q+r)^2=1$ Expanding the square results: $p^2+2pq+r^2+2pr+q^2+2qr = 1$ I need to separate homozygous and ...
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Elution of biotinylated RNA

I am using Neutravidin Agarose beads to isolate biotinylated RNA. The thing is, in the manual it says to use 8M Guanidine-HCl, pH 1.5 for elution biotinylated molecules. As far as I know it is a very ...
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What is the impact of prolonged electromagnetic exposure on human health?

What are the health effects of being exposed to a very strong electromagnetic field caused by two resonating superconductive coils (not static magnets) for a period of years?
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In vitro transcription, contamination problem

I am using a RNA which is in vitro transcripted before I started my project. It turned out it is not prepared properly and has DNA contamination. Instead of perform the in vitro transcription again, ...
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Dilution question about RNA

I have a basic and probably silly question. I am isolating RNA with TRIzol. I have performed the basic steps and dissolved the pellet in 50 uL water. I ve measured the concentration and it was 3313 ...
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How do you amplify a specific AFLP marker?

I'm trying to clone a specific AFLP marker out of Medicago truncatula. I know the selective bases I need for the end of the primers. My problem is that all the AFLP cloning kits I have found are ...
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why is AUG the initiation codon?

Is there any reason why AUG is the initiation codon ? Why is there a need for an initiation codon ? Can't translation start with different codons?
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Transcribing DNA to mRNA with introns

I have a problem in my bioinformatics class that I thought I was doing right, but someone else is getting a different answer. Here is the problem: Given the following DNA sequence, ...
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Effect of single nucleotide deletion or insertion on primer annealing

How is primer annealing, and, consequently, PCR amplification affected by single nucleotide deletion or insertion inside the primer ? Imagine a primer like this: GCGTCATAAAGGGGACGTG (primer) and ...
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Real-time PCR delay in Cq due to insertion SNP in primer

I am collecting evidence, even anecdotal, how does single nucleotide deletion or insertion in primer region affect the outcome of real-time PCR. I am most interested in how much there is a delay in ...
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Transition/Transversion ratio

I'm taking a bioinformatics class and at this point we are just going over basic stuff about molecular biology. Half of the class is doing reading/research on our own, so there isn't much class time ...
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What is a good miniprep protocol for the class room?

I'm trying to find a good protocol for plasmid minipreps and I'm looking at 3 preps I've found: Using phenol/chloroform extract with phenol:chloroform:isoamylalcohol, isopropanol precipitation, ...
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Very high 260/230 absorbance ratio of an RNA sample

After my most recent RNA extraction, the RNA samples had very high 260/230 absorbance ratios, (ranging from 5 to 25). I've never gotten numbers like this and I know the ratio is supposed to be ~2 in ...
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How long can E. coli stocks be stored at -20°C?

I'm volunteering for a biohacker lab - biocurious in Sunnyvale. The have a pretty good set of equipment - gel boxes, incubators, but they don't have a -80°C freezer yet. I'd like to set up some ...
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Vesicular and non vesicular transport

I have to classify them either as transported in vesicles or without vesicles. What I think - Non-vesicular 2.vesicular 3.vesicular 4.vesicular 5.non-vesicular 6.vesicular 7.vesicular ...
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DNA ligase mechanism

I am unable to understand what happens to the phosphates from ATP. What are they used for ?Charging 3' end or 5'end ?
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How can Southern blotting be used to establish gene copy number?

I am reading a paper on a certain marine microorganism that can eat alkanes and therefore might be useful for cleaning up oil spills, etc. This sentence struck me as odd (although I am sure that the ...
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What are centromeres *really*?

I've gathered that a centromere is a a region* where the DNA is bundles up even tighter (around protein different to Histone) and chromatids are 'joined'. However I'm still mostly in the dark ...
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Regulation of chromatin structure

Recently, I reviewed the different levels of chromatin structure. The primary level is nucleosomes, where DNA is bound to histones, and has structural similarity to "beads on a string." The secondary ...
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What is the functional and structural distinction between core (H2A, H2B, H3,H4) and linker(H1/H5) histones?

Many explanations of histone biochemistry isn't quite elucidating for the undergraduate student. How does histone structure (dimers, octomers) relate to their specific functions as core or linker ...
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Histone marks mechanism

I am slightly confused about the mechanisms that makes histone modifications associate with gene expression. That is, H3K36me3 is believed to be present in actively transcribed genes, H3K27me3 in ...
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Why we have no enzyme to digest cellulose?

As we know, cellulose is the most abundant polysaccharide in nature. Why don't we have any enzyme to digest cellulose?
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Identifying mutations in a yeast strain

Cells of a triple-mutant yeast strain (leu- his- trp-) were spread either on minimal medium or on minimal medium supplemented with various combinations of histidine, leucine, or tryptophan. The ...
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Transposons and the net amount of DNA

The retrotransposons and certain DNA-transposons, are "jumping" sequences which may be incorporated elsewhere in the genomic DNA of an organism, through varying mechanisms. This insertion is almost ...