The scientific study of the structure and function of genes at the molecular level, particularly chromosomes and DNA.

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Correlation of non-coding DNA with coding DNA

I sequenced the first exon of the MC1R gene of 15 labradors (genomic DNA) to look for the loss-of-function mutation (C.916C>T) and as expected, it was where it should have been (916th base pair). As i ...
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Does mechanotransduction of cells play a role in the biocompatibility of titanium?

What exactly is mechanotransduction as the information varies between sources. Some sources indicate that mechanotransduction is the underlying principle where cells pull on the surface they grow on ...
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Redundancy of the genetic code

One particular codon codes only for one amino acid, but an amino acid can be coded for by several different codons. Now according to the genetic code, the codon UUU ...
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How to prevent a old promoter region from attaching onto a plasmid instead of a new one during ligation?

What I am trying to do is take out a existing promoter region in a plasmid, and replace it with a new one. So first I use the appropriate restriction enzymes to get rid of the existing promoter region....
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Is brachydactyly due to mutation?

I have this so called "clubbed thumbs"also known as brachydactyly. It is of D-type. I searched for it on internet and found that it is a dominant inherited disease. But to my surprise,none of my ...
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How does gene editing in one cell affect other cells?

I have read about gene editing and I have some questions concerning this technology: With gene editing, are we correcting the genes in all the cells or a single cell? If the gene editing is done ...
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Can it be said that proteins determine phenotypic traits?

I am not ignoring the function of genes, or the gene-environment interactions. What I want to know is if behind every "observable characteristic" we can find a protein -or a group of proteins- which ...
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What are chemical candidates for replicator molecule?

I have read Selfish gene by Richard Dawkins and idea is that at random some molecule was synthesized that had a property if there is enough 'materials' to construct ...
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Is every protein coded for by one gene or can it be coded by more than one?

The common knowledge is that one gene codes for one protein. There is a one to one correspondence. But are there proteins that can only be assembled from several genes?
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Can a cleaved plasmid “close” without exact matching “sticky ends”?

Say if you have a multiple restriction site and use two restriction enzymes on it to cleave a plasmid, can it recombine with ligase? My concern is that without the small sequence of nucleotides ...
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How common is it for environmentally occurring bacillus strain to contain some sort of plasmid?

I am designing a method for testing whether two new bacillus isolates, that are ionic silver resistant, store the silver resistance mechanism on a plasmid or on the chromosome of the bacteria. In my ...
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Extending a small fragment of DNA

Is there a way to extend a small fragment of DNA, say 150 bp, by making copies of itself and attaching each copy of that small fragment to the end of that 150 bp sequence? For example, I want a 1 ...
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In DNA repair, how is it determined which strand contains the error?

DNA replication is more accurate than transcription (or RNA replication) because mechanisms exist for proof-reading and repair of DNA, but not for RNA. Consider a segment of a DNA strand, AGTC. Its ...
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Are the subordinate genes of a repressed operon really “turned off”?

Operons are often described using all or nothing language. A repressor binding to the operator is usually presented as "turning off" the regulated genes. Case in point, Scitable at Nature.com says: ...
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What is the difference between desert and migratory locust?

I know both are species of short horned grasshoppers and belongs to the orthoptera order, Acrididae family and so on. But what is the difference between desert and migratory locust? How do we ...
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DNA replication in E.coli

What is the difference between replication and to divide? My A level bio book says that it takes 20 min for E.coli to divide and in next page it's written that E.coli completes replication within ...
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Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) primers

I am trying to blast AFLP primer sequences to the genome to find the locations of the AFLP markers. However, I can't seem to find full alignments for the primers on the genome. For example, in the ...
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Hybrid vs introgression zone in natural populations

In the book An Introduction to Molecular Ecology, the authors are saying that introgression is the diffusion of alleles from one population or species into another as a result of interbreeding ...
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Lac operon: How can lactose enter the cell in the absence of lactose permease?

My textbook states that lactose permease...transports lactose into the cell and When lactose is added to the growth medium, the lactose molecules bind to the other site on the repressor ...
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To what extent is the genetic code more than just a code?

It is worth specifying the exact meaning of "code" in this question. A code is a map from one space to another space with which it has no algorithmic connection. Thus representing 321 as 0x141 is not ...
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Cell cycle-regulated genes and mRNA

I am a mathematician and my knowledge about biology is close to zero. I am reading a bioinformatics paper and I would like to understand a bit more about the biology task they are talking about. I ...
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Distribution of Exon and Intron Sizes

Goal I am trying to get a distribution of Exons and intron sizes in Three-Spined Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Data downloaded I downloaded some data from Ensembl. More precisely, I went ...
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T7 vs pBAD promoter strength

How do pBAD and T7 promoter strengths compare when pBAD is induced under conditions which would lead to its highest strength? Are there any papers that compare the two inducible promoter systems?
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Similarity between lncRNA and Enhancers

Please read it carefully. Question below is purely based on computational experiments: I have been running an analysis algorithm (pretty new one) on lncRNAs and its showing pretty much the same ...
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Following DNA replication during S-phase of the cell-cycle, are all genomic regions subjected to the same stringent level of DNA-Repair?

To my (limited) understanding, there are 2 main ways that mutations can occur in DNA: Environmental (UV, etc) and mistakes during cell division. I was wondering if there is a mechanism that can give ...
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Can a single strand of mRNA form different polypeptide chains?

My book has a statement: A single strand of mRNA is capable of forming a number of different polypeptide chains. In my opinion this statement is wrong because a single strand of mRNA will have same ...
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Can DNA & RNA be considered as nature's programming language?

The final frontier of Biological Sciences could be considered understanding the effects of variation in the DNA (and RNA). If after fertilization the DNA of the zygote could be genetically ...
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How do expression levels change along lineages?

Is there any general trend between gene expression levels (or transcription levels) and cell lineages? For example, I would naively expect that stem cells express less genes as they have the ability ...
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Cell cycle selection

Is it possible to select from colonies only cells which are at a certain stage in the cell cycle? E.g. if I was trying to analyse expression of a number of genes during different stages of the cell ...
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Does a woman contain all the genes needed to make a man?

I know the answer of inverse is at here, but how about this question? I also read this question, can I imply to human that a woman can also contain all the genes needed to make a man? Edit: I ...
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What are Codominant vs Dominant Genetic Markers?

When talking about types of genetic markers, the adjective "dominant" and "codominant" are often used. I don't fully understand their definitions and found contradicting definitions. Foll and ...
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How does epigenetics affect the birth conditions via alcohol?

Recent study has shown that epigenetics can play role in male-caused infertility and it cites for example studies which showed an enhancing of silent genes when drinking alcohol. Since the study ...
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What are the significances of chromosome mapping? [closed]

The few point that I have come across are: The following are the significances of chromosome mapping: Chromosome maps help identify the location of gene of interest on a chromosome for genetic ...
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How does RNA transcription determine which half of the DNA to use?

I feel that I might have a complete misunderstanding here. If DNA has two strands, how does the machinery of RNA transcription determine which one to transcribe?
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When was the first exception to Mendelian genetics discovered?

In addition to the the question in the title I'd like to know , how scientists reacted to the exceptions?
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Is there selection against long proteins and long genes?

Background thought Titin and TTN Titin is the largest protein in the human genome with 33423 amino acids. Titin is coded by the gene TTN that must be at least $3 \cdot 33423 \approx 100kb$ long. ...
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How do I know whether or not a nuclear gene is single copy?

As a part of a phylogenetic study, I need to find a nuclear gene that meets the following requirements: Single copy gene; Highly variable gene; Gene longer than 400 bps; Gene that gives information ...
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Difference between null and recessive allele?

I get that in a single gene locus, an individual can have RR, Rr, or rr as the two alleles ...
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Developing cDNA for RDT

Eukaryotic genes cannot be inserted in prokaryotic hosts for making recombinant proteins, since eukaryotic genes are split genes and their hnRNA must first be processed to functional mRNA before ...
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Does any specific property decide which DNA strand acts as leading strand template?

Of the two strands of DNA, the one that unwinds in the 3' to 5' direction constitutes the leading strand template, with the other strand of course acting as the lagging strand template. Is there any ...
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Are the number of base pairs in a given chromosome same between different individuals?

This is a basic question but I couldn't find an answer through a web search; hopefully this is the right place to ask. Is the number of base pairs in a particular chromosome the same in all ...
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Are some non-coding RNA spliced?

Are some non-coding RNA spliced like mRNA? I tried to find some information but I don't find anything...
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What is meant by “Expression” of Non-Coding RNA?

I was having a look at lncRNAdb and its help says: The ENCODE project gene annotation list, GENCODE, has predicted that the human genome contains 14,470 lncRNAs whereas only a small proportion of ...
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What do arranging and assigning mean in sequence annotation?

Please could someone explain these lines to me in a simple way These sequences were then arranged based on some overlapping regions present in them. This required generation of overlapping ...
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Is there a term for when a detrimental gene can be positively selected for because of linkage to a very fit gene?

Let's say that some piece of DNA would be subject to extreme negative selection if it were independently inherited, but it is very closely linked to an extraordinarily fit gene, and so the complex it ...
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What is a “noninvasive” biomarker for a disease? [closed]

What is a "noninvasive" biomarker for a disease? I know what a biomarker is, but what makes it noninvasive?
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What makes DNA sequences most different/recognizable from a biological perspective? [duplicate]

We can pretty easily quantify the amount difference between two different strings/sequences of characters. For example, if we take the words trebuchet and trebucket, we can say they have a Levenshtein ...
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Do transcripts always start and end with exons?

I realized that in all cases of "RefSeq Genes" annotations of hg19 I looked at spliced transcripts start (and end) with an exon. From the annotation there is no evidence of any sequence upstream or ...
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Why does pETDuet-1 only have one T7 terminator but two T7 promoters?

Why does pETDuet-1 only have one T7 terminator but two T7 promoters (vector map below)? Is there any advantage of having only one terminator? There are going to be two mRNAs transcribed from this ...