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What is a standard academic resource for abiogenesis, i.e. how life arises from non-living materials?

I am trying to understand the current work on abiogenesis in biology, e.g. primordial soup, the Miller-Urey experiment, etc. What are the recommended texts to look at for this subject? Who is ...
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How do animals end up in remote areas?

I was thinking specifically about random marshy water holes on farmers fields. It seems that you can visit just about any one of these and you will find frogs if you look hard enough. They usually ...
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Is household ammonia okay for plants?

My father-in-law claims that since plants need nitrogen to produce proteins, and since ammonia is NH3, that Ammonia should be fine for the plants, since it's just nitrogen and water and hydrogen, ...
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Stimulate a nerve [on hold]

My question is that can we stimulate a nerve from far distance? Distances about 5 to 6 cm. Or can we send a stimulation to a nerve from a non neuroal tissue? Edit : excuse me but instead of ...
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Merge several .ab1 sequence files into a single FASTA file?

I have several .ab1 files generated from Chromas. I want to merge all of them into a single FASTA sequence file. How can I do this in an automated way? Note that I don't have Chromas installed (the ...
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Gene and Protein isoform

What is the relationship between term "Gene isoform" and "Protein isoform"? Say a gene can make 3 isoforms, will it produce only (maximum) 3 isoform protein?
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high throughput free software to predict BBB permeability

I need a desktop app to predict BBB permeability of a few thousand compounds. I've searched for hours but didn't find a free software for that. All of the apps are either web-based and therefore not ...
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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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Through which mechanisms did the Drosophila Histone Cluster evolve?

The Drosophila Histone Cluster is a gene cluster that contains more than a hundred copies of a sequence that encodes several histone proteins. These copies are very similar. My question is what ...
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What is this butterfly?

The following guys (about an inch long) were seen in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in summer. When one would fly by a resting one, they'd get into a high-speed little "dogfight". What genus might ...
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Are mitochondria dead?

In the video "What is Life? Is Death Real?", the subject of mitochondria is raised at 2:58. At 3:12, the narrator says "[mitochondria] are not alive any more: they are dead." What currents of thought ...
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Histidine - why essential for children?

Why is histidine an essential amino acid for children but not for adults ? What changes in the body occur which lead to the formation of histidine in adults but not in children ? What causes these ...
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Genetic Diversity in Mitochondria

As I was studying for my GRE exam, I was reading on Mitochondria. I then remembered that they undergo replication similar to bacteria. So I googled for info and found on Wikipedia that there is a " ...
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Lack of A/B-antigen equivalent to Rhesus disease

Rhesus disease occurs when an Rh- mother is exposed to Rh antigens (often due to blood contact with an Rh+ child during delivery) and mounts an immune response which eventually results in the ...
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When did mouth pipetting stop becoming a way to handle liquids in a lab?

Almost all modern lab protocols have an addendum prohibiting pipetting by mouth, instead mandating that a Gilson pipette, a rubber pipette ball, or a serological Pipet-Aid be used. However, it was ...
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Information about inactivation of restriction enzyme [on hold]

How can you be sure that a restriction enzyme has been inactivated? I tested restriction enzymes on a vector to see whether they were working or whether they were inactivated but I need a simpler ...
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Evolution of protein and protein efficiency

Suppose we have a bacterial protein that performs a function and let's say we can measure the efficiency of the protein. Let's say we have two species, species A and B, both of which have this ...
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Photosynthetic efficiency and light harvesting efficiency

Is there some sort of measure of the light harvesting efficiency (possibly like transfer time) that is directly related to the photosynthetic efficiency in some sort of equation? Also, how important ...
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What would be the impact of depositing limestone in the oceans (to reverse acidification) on ocean life forms and biodiversity?

This question asked: What is the evidence it is feasible to reverse ocean acidification by adding large quantities of a base (bicarb soda)? The result was: Danny Harvey of the University of ...
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dAT joining: please define

I came across a reference to dAT joining in my reading of Genentech by Sally Hughes. The technique is described in passing as a technique for joining DNA fragments used around the late sixties to ...
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Mites on ginger root

I was just looking at some mouldy ginger found in the fridge under the microscope and was horrified/delighted to find (what looked to be) mites growing in it. I have searched the web and can only find ...
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Protein that exit from the cell - as marker

Searching for some protein, that I could use as extracellular marker for mammalian cells. I need to insert mRNA to cell, and to detect the protein outside the cell (not on membrane) if the mRNA ...
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Why do human genes banks exist? [on hold]

What are we collecting human genes for? Do we need them for preservation?
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What leads to the different types of navels?

Obviously, there are "innies" and "outies" in the human belly button world. Both are the result of a knot tied in the umbilical cord just after birth. But why do some belly buttons become outies ...
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Why do toenails grow much slower than fingernails?

As the title suggests, I've noticed that my fingernail grow much faster than my toenails. For instance, I usually trim my fingernails every two week or so, but for toenails the number would be about 6 ...
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1answer
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What is the name of this flower?

A flower has grown on a leaf in our garden. What is the name of this flower? Give some description.
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Can HIV mutate to become airborne?

HIV has a very high mutation rate due to its inability to correct errors in DNA replication and it is very adaptable to its environment. Hence I wonder whether is it possible for it to mutate such ...
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Why are lions the only social cats?

We know that almost all cats are solitary. How did the Lions end up social animals? Do we have an explanatory evolutionary path describing how the Lions became social while the rest of the felines ...
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What organisms challenge the concept that all life today descended from a common ancestor?

If I understand correctly, the concept of the LUCA (last universal common ancestor) is based on the hypothesis that archaea and bacteria share common ancestry. In the realm of mathematics, the same ...
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1answer
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Will a 0.2g/mL sugar concentration cause vomiting in humans?

This infographic claims that the sugar content in a can of Coca Cola would cause vomiting if not for the phosphoric acid. In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. ...
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how does the body know it has damage [on hold]

Basically what i am asking is what are the steps that the body takes to monitor its own self for damage ? the mechanics of this monitoring. Some starting points or short resume would be greatly ...
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What is the top speed of muscle contraction?

Currently I am looking into what muscles groups are most used during a football kick. I have a hypothesis that the quadriceps are not as used as most people think because the momentum the swing ...
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Ancestral Allele and Hapmap

I notice on dbSNP rs6352 has an ancestral allele of G - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/SNP/snp_ref.cgi?rs=rs6352 The hapmap in humans for this allele is very rare, the homozygous version practically not ...
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Is MHC1 knockout sufficient to prevent transplant rejection?

A few days ago I read about MHC1 knockout pigs for organ transplantation research. I was just wondering, is it enough to knock out MHC1 in the donor (lets say from same species, pig to pig) for ...
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Have webs woven by LSD-intoxicated spiders ever been studied for their efficiency in fly catching?

I ask, because I have a different interpretation of the experiments performed on web-weaving spiders. The famous Robert Pirsig maintains that LSD is somehow helpful to web-weaving spiders, because it ...
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Do i have Nocturnal lagophthalmos [on hold]

I am a 13 year old girl with a regular everyday life.But lately my mom has been repeatly telling me i sleep with my eyes open and rolling in the back of my head.It has been happening every since i was ...
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Why do crabs spit?

Last year I photographed this juvenile Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) 'spitting' (click for larger view): I thought I'd look up more information on this behavior, but couldn't find any ...
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Why does scar tissue change color?

I was wondering why, when you are cold, scar tissue turns bluish or purple while original skin stays the same color. The only thing I can think of, is that maybe scar tissue gets less circulation ...
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What is this caterpillar? [on hold]

Found in Colorado but may be from out of the U.S. Can we save it? What kind is it? I can send a picture of it if you email me back.
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Possible calculations with temperature, humidity, images and VIS spectrum of a plant in an Integrating sphere

I am currently working on a project which involves growing some plants in a integrating sphere made of foam. I have added temperature, humidity and soil moisture sensors as well as a Spectrometer (350 ...
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Flower identification: Moscow, Russia

I found this plant near the MSU, Moscow, Russia. Could someone help me to identify it?
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translation rate regulated by transcription factors?

I'd like to know if there is in the litterature some examples of transcription factors capable to impact not just transcription but also translation rate so that both can be adjusted. I would be very ...
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Butterfly identification: Dorset England, July.

Can you please identify this butterfly. It was seen in Dorset England 9th July. I think it is a female Silver Studded Blue.
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Calculation of final magnification when using a CCD camera

I'm trying to empirically calculate the approx final magnification (mag) of digital images rendered through our confocal microscope. Using a micrometer and the microscopy equipment I have, the ...
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Dominant epistasis problem [on hold]

An inhibitor of pigment production in onion bulb I exhibits dominant epistasis over another locus, the genotype iiRR producing red bulbs and iirr producing yellow bulbs. A pure white strain is crossed ...
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1answer
182 views

Approximately how long do bacteria live for? [on hold]

I would like to know how many days or years do the bacteria live approximately.
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Can my eyes adjust instantly to my friend's glasses? [on hold]

My eyesight is pretty much perfect, but I noticed that whenever I try any of my friends glasses, from really thin to extremely thick, my eyes seem to adjust to them within seconds and let me see ...
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What happens when a genome is shorter than the other?

Say there were 2 creatures of the same species. Creature 1 has a longer genome than creature 2, it may be just a few base pairs, but what would happen when the genes were crossed to create creature 3 ...
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Do any amphibians start their lives on land?

Most amphibians - at least, all the ones I know of - start their lives in the water (at least, after they hatch). They then spend time maturing before venturing onto land, where they can breed. The ...
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Why do people die? [duplicate]

what is the reason people die naturally even though they have no known disease? I see people become physically weak at times they get old and die eventually in case they are not attacked by any known ...

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