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Amino Acid requirement + intake in relation to diet + meat type [on hold]

I was arguing with a friend: I said: The Yulin festivals cannot be condemned by western culture, as we also kill animals in equally cruel ways. She said: It isn't just that the killing is cruel, ...
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Absorption of nutrients in human beings [on hold]

I know that pulmonary veins carry oxygenated blood from lungs to heart, and pulmonary arteries carry deoxygenated/CO2 rich blood from heart to lungs. Arteries also carry oxygen-rich blood to the heart ...
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What's the mechanism for being mentally tired?

I notice that after long tests, or long periods of critical thinking, my body and mind feel noticeably tired. Why does this happen? Are the neurons in my head not firing as quickly, or is there just a ...
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Why do mints make your mouth feel cold?

Why do mints make your mouth feel cold? And specifically, why does your mouth feel so cold if you eat a few mints and then drink a glass of cold water afterwards?
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Why do men have a higher hematocrit (red blood cell count) than women?

The hematocrit, also known as packed cell volume (PCV) or erythrocyte volume fraction (EVF), is the volume percentage (%) of red blood cells in blood. It is normally 45% for men and 40% for women. so,...
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Are the three different cones really distinguishable?

Our retina has three different cones (S,M and L) for the colors blue (S), green (M) and red (L). But the sensitivity of these cones do overlap each other. For example, the S is sensitive for 400-500nm ...
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Why do horses recycle their endometrial lining while humans don't?

How does not recycling the endometrial lining of the uterus benefit humans (and other organisms that menstruate), while recycling it is beneficial to horses (and other organisms that undergo estrus ...
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What is the actual storage form of energy in muscles? ATP or Glycogen?

I was asked this question in my latest exam. I think the answer is Glycogen because ATP doesn't store energy for a long time so it isn't the ACTUAL storage of energy. Some classmates argue that in ...
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Can defibrillation (cardiac arrest treatment) be done with a vehicle spark plug? [on hold]

Can successful defibrillation (restarting the heart after cardiac arrest) be done with a spark plug from a vehicle (possibly offroad vehicle)? Is it POSSIBLE for this to work? Let's say you are stuck ...
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Why don't rats have a gallbladder, unlike other rodents?

It has long been known that rats do not have a gallbladder, though other species including humans, monkeys, cows, reptiles, dogs and mice, all have a gallbladder. In this paper from almost 100 years ...
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Has research indicated how much koinophillia preferences are learned vs insinctual

I'm curious about rather the definition of 'normal', as it affects koinophillia & mate choice, is something instinctual or learned. To clarify I'm not asking if koinophillia itself is ...
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When you have your gallbladder removed, how does it affect bile flow into your small intestine?

Cholecystectomy, or surgical removal of the gallbladder, is an extremely common operation around the world. The gallbladder is typically viewed as a storage organ for bile produced by the liver, but ...
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Would a transparent iris serve its purpose?

The function of the iris is to regulate the aperture of the pupil. How does the iris obstruct light? Is it due to the pigment present in it? Or is it just due to the sheer presence of it? I am doing ...
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will 2,4 Dichlorophenoxy acetic acid be effective as an herbicide against banana and papaya

Since 2,4 D is effective against broad leaved weeds/plants, will it be effective in case of banana and papaya?
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If targeting a certain daily water intake, do you have to compensate for beverages that promote diuresis?

Please forgive my ignorance on the topic and I hope this is a "on topic" question here. It was a toss up between this SE and Physical Fitness SE but I want a more scientific answer. I came at a ...
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fluid used in replacing blood for oxygen, carbon dioxide exchange during major surgical operation

Are there fluid alternatives that can be used in replacing blood for oxygen, carbon dioxide exchange during major surgical operation?
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What is the evidence that mammals are unable to process excess sodium chloride?

I grew up hearing the mantra excess salt causes heart disease I had a vague understanding that it caused deposits in the body or something. Now that I give it more thought - I come up with three ...
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What causes inhalation during breathing?

I have read here that the two major inhalation muscles are the (1) diaphragm and the (2) external intercostals. Additionally, inhalation can also be caused by (1) expansion of the abdominal cavity, ...
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Resting stage of primary oocytes

In my biology textbook, I read that the primary oocyte gets arrested in the early stages of meiosis in prophase I (diplotene stage). I wanted to know why this is so. I searched google, and this ...
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What organs are absolutely needed by the human body?

The title is my question: what organs are absolutely needed (fatal if injured/removed) by the human body and perhaps animals in general? I'm not asking which organs are mechanically replaceable, but ...
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How do organoarsenics improve digestion efficiency in poultry?

It struck me as very surprising that these organoarsenic compound with structure looking not very compatible with living system is widely used as food additive to increase weight gain and improve food ...
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How fast can a human run?

I'm a runner (cross country) and I'm always amazed at how fast Olympic sprinters are. There's a lot of hype about those in the 100-meter dash being the fastest in the world, and we're constantly ...
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What causes anorexia nervorsa?

I've heard of anorexia nervosa being a severe loss of appetite. I'm wondering what causes such disease in humans?
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How does the muscle return to its resting state after muscle contraction?

I know that when ADP binds to the myosin head, it moves along and as it does so, it releases the ADP. The ATP attaches to the myosin head and releases the myosin head from the actin filament. Then the ...
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How does an octopus eye react in free fall?

according to Wikipedia: Attached to the brain are two special organs, called statocysts, that allow the octopus to sense the orientation of its body relative to horizontal. An autonomic response ...
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Evolution & Celluar Chemistry [closed]

I'm new to this site but had a question on evolution, apologies if some of these questions seem basic but they are from a book i am reading challenging the role of chance in evolution. Taking the ...
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What is the impact of stress on the human body?

Can stress trigger any changes in the human body? I'd like to know more about things less commonly known than, for example: sweating and tiredness. What are the long term risks of chronic stress? Do ...
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Lysis of bacteria by complement system

The complement system creates pores in cell membrane which leads to influx of lots of water thereby causing lysis of bacterial cell. But what I fail to understand is that if bacteria have cell walls ...
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Blood clumping in mosquitos

Will a mosquito die due to blood clumping if it sucks blood from two persons having different blood group? What will happen in its gut? Is there any mechanism to avoid clumping ? Or mosquitos know ...
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Why do the vines change their spinning direction?

Look at the vines holding onto the lattice. The "vine springs" change their spinning direction in the middle. Why? And how do they achieve this? (By the way, what's the name for this plant? Is is ...
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How much gas is exchanged in one human breath?

When we breathe, our lungs absorb a portion of the oxygen in the air, and replace it with some amount of carbon dioxide and water vapor. Typically, how much $O_2$ (in grams, milliliters, or moles for ...
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What is the cause of muscle cramps?

According to wikipedia, muscle cramps are caused by myosin fibers not being able to break free from the actin filaments during contraction, resulting in a prolonged contraction. Obviously a lack of ...
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Why do some men have patchy beards?

Why do some men have patchy beards? Or more specifically, why would some hair follicles lack sufficient 5-alpha reductase while others nearby don't when their genetic code is identical and they are ...
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Question about Enzyme Inhibition in relation to Aspirin

I've been trying to learn a bit more about pharmacology, so bear with my ignorance. In short, I see that aspirin (in part) works by inhibiting cycloxygenase isoenzymes and that this inhibiting is ...
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Where does female ejaculate actually originate from?

It's common knowledge that it's released via the urethra, but where does it originate? If it doesn't come from a part of the clitoris, then why is the clitoral glans called the clitoral glans? How ...
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How are arms different than legs?

Ok, this is a bit of a tangent question, but it came up yesterday and I didn't know the answer: How are arms and legs defined physiologically? For example, we say humans have two arms and two legs, ...
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A state model of sodium channels

I am studying by myself Human Physiology. I have encountered the following question: In the following given model of sodium channel with 3 states open closed blocked (which I assume means inactivated)...
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Components of the concept of Developmental Noise?

Developmental noise is a concept that correspond to the amount of possible phenotypic variance of a given genotype in a given environment. Intrinsic noise (aka Cellular noise) is a component of ...
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Why do I see different hues of colors between each of my eyes?

Frequently, I see colors with a slightly different hue when looking through my eyes individually. The right eye is more red-tinted ('warmer' hued) and the left is typically more blue-tinted ('cooler' ...
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Do women experience more bonding hormones than men after sex?

Does Oxytocin (or any other bonding hormone) increase more so for women than for men after sex? Someone told me that it increases 4-fold for men and 12-fold for women (unconfirmed). Is there any ...
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Relationship between mN and mg in vessel contraction studies?

What is the relationship between mN and mg as the units involved to measure the changes in contraction? A tool most widely used is an instrument called myograph. In these exoeriments, either units of ...
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Bilirubin metabolism and UGT1A1 inhibition in human vs. monkey?

In human UGT1A1 seems to be the only relevant enzyme to glucuronidate unconjugated bilirubin into excreted forms. Is the pathway the same for e.g. the Cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) in vivo? ...
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Question about radiation and how it affects biological systems

I'm doing research on the effects of radiation, and specifically UV, X-Ray and Gamma radiation, on biological systems at the cellular level and beyond. I understand that radiation types can be ...
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How does extracellular potassium ion concentration and calcium ion concentration affect the excitability of a cell?

When extracellular $K^+$ concentration increase by a certain amount, excitability of cells is higher because the resting potential shifts toward a higher equilibrium potential of $K^+$, therefore ...
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What keeps organs suspended in the body?

I'm a bit confused what prevents our organs from not collapsing into a heap or putting pressure on each other. I have a 3D anatomy app and have been studying the relationship between the organs. ...
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How do diving marine mammals avoid decompression sickness?

How do marine mammals, whose very survival depends on regular diving, manage to avoid decompression sickness or "the bends?" Do they, indeed, avoid it?
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How exactly do we get “energy” from food? [closed]

I am captivated by human biology and I'm currently trying to understand the body and its processes in a greater depth. Thank you so much for your time and consideration! :-D I'm sorry for the rambling ...
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What determines whether a substance can diffuse across the blood-brain-barrier?

What determines whether a chemical substance is able to cross the blood-brain-barrier via passive, transmembrane diffusion? What structurally differentiates these chemicals?
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Is H antigen considered as an agglutinogen?

A and B antigens which have the potential to cause agglutination in certain cases are called agglutinogens. But, as far as I know, H antigen cannot give rise to agglutination. So can it be said that H ...
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Why do Arctic predators accumulate vitamin A?

Top predators in the Arctic are known to accumulate vitamin A, often to levels that are toxic for human consumption. A 2012 study by Senoo, Imai, et al. found that the livers of several predator ...