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Why does electrical shock freeze up muscle?

Why is it when someone accidentally come into contact with an electrical supply, their body freezes up and is unable to move away from the electrical source? Can someone explain this through ...
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How to tackle Winfree's “The Geometry of Biological Time”

I am trying to read through "The Geometry of Biological Time" and I am having a hard time understanding the geometric concepts provided in the book under context of biology. Can someone who has went ...
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Recessiveness of allele for protection of organism

Heterozygous organisms profit from pairs of gene alleles. Harmful alleles when being recessive can be carried without any harm for the organism. Only when two harmful recessive alleles form a gene the ...
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Factors on which one compound transforming to another compound depend

Considering the Metabolic Pathway: http://www.genome.jp/kegg-bin/show_module?M00166 Consider the reaction R01523(the very first reaction). How is it possible to know that the compound ...
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Why cannot there be multiple sources for same species origins?

When we talk about human origins, we often associate Africa as the source of origin. Why cannot there exist multiple sources of origin (given same environmental conditions) ? The same argument exists ...
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Is biological clock of humans genetic or learnt?

Argument favouring learnt: A child, when born sleeps for 20-22 hours. But he learns to manipulate his timings to night and according to his and family needs. Some sleeps 1 am to 7 am, some from 11pm ...
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Recent classification for parasitoid (ecological relationships)

I'm about to present an exam about ecological interactions in biological control. Although the position of some groups is clear, in the case of parasitoids they are included sometimes as predators, ...
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18S rRNA sequence

I have this phenomenon that the human 18S rRNA reverse transcribed with polydT oligos serve as faithful RTPCR normalizers, tested with better known house keepers. I want to know what I'm amplifying ...
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Can people with paralyzed eye muscles see?

As far as I am aware, the saccades of the eye are central to visual perception. If the eye is held still, the human stops seeing, even if light is reaching the retina and the visual pathway is intact. ...
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Is Batesian mimicry more important for females?

Myrmarachne plataleoides is a jumping spider that mimics the Kerengga or weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) in both morphology and behaviour. However, the two sexes appear different: Myrmarachne ...
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1answer
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Can sugar be absorbed orally within seconds? [duplicate]

Whenever I feel a little light headed or tired, it helps to eat something sweet. Specifically, simply chewing or sucking on a sweet seems to aleviate the symptoms within a matter of seconds and then ...
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1answer
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What would be required to evolve an animal (non-human) brain to obtain human-level cognition?

Could any animal subject to the right conditions evolve human-level intelligence? Suppose that an artificial intelligence (AI) decided to artificially evolve a population of octopus (don't ask why, ...
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How to seek for available genetic data relevant to ecology and evolution?

I am asking for advice on how to search for available genetic data that can be used for research in ecology and evolution. I am asking a general question and then for a study case question. I had a ...
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Where does the term “cos site” come from?

The word cosmid is derived from cos sites of lambda phages. Why are cos sites called cos sites? What does this "cos" refer to?
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Are there examples of abnormal human chromosomes that can cause diseases? [on hold]

I was looking into chromosomes and I found the chromosomal abnormalities. I have a limited understanding but I was wondering if someone could clarify it? I was also wondering what numerical, genetic, ...
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2answers
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What are the “minimum requirements” for a single cell?

I saw a description of the "minimum requirements" for a cell at http://creation.com/origin-of-life in the section called "What are the minimum requirements for a cell to live?" and I'm wondering if ...
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1answer
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Is missing Q wave characteristic for Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome?

No my study books says about that no Q waves in WPW syndrome. They are about wide QRS complex often however. I heard today that the characteristic property of WPW is often a missing Q wave, like here ...
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1answer
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Why is it important to study chromatin to understand cancer?

Many labs and many projects in biology institutes and university departments have been starting to study chromatin. Chromatin states, chromatin interactions, chromatin loopings, chromatin behaviours, ...
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Evolution and Phenotypes.

This may be better suited for the English language SE, but When discussing evolutionary changes in species is it proper to refer to their phenotypes? In this context: "Imagine if a cow did not ...
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What is the biological process shown in this textbook cover? [on hold]

So I've been with this question to a number of forums and I can't seem to get any head start with it. I have this textbook called "The World of The Cell" 7th ed. On its cover is a picture that is ...
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Are blood vessels organs?

Are blood vessels classified as organs? Organs compose of 2 or more tissues and perform a certain function. Blood vessels have 3 different tissues and perform a function (transport blood), yet I do ...
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1answer
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Why does the inhibition of translation initiation cause the accumulation of 80S ribosomal monosomes?

As I have read in (1), inhibition of translation initiation will increase the number of 80S ribosomes while decreasing the fraction of polysomes due to the polysome-runoff. The net effect is to ...
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1answer
25 views

What is the connection between exercise and muscle growth

From a physiological perspective, all that is done during exercise is the expending of energy in the form of ATP to fuel muscle contraction and extension. When I looked up why muscle grow due to ...
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Why do we have buttocks at the back and not in the front? [on hold]

We have buttocks at the back and not in the front. Why? edit: I mean, why is gluteus maximus bigger than inner hip flexor?
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Can a woman possessing 1 mutated allele show attenuated color-vision deficiency?

Women possess two X chromosomes. However, during development, when the embryo has about 32 - 64 cells, one of these chromosomes is randomly inactivated (in each cell) by a lncRNA named Xist. As a ...
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Does a neuron ever generate an action potential without stimuli?

Most accounts I read involving action potentials and synapses and the like tend to focus mostly on the action potential as a mere automatic reaction to another similar event happening upstream. From ...
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626 views

Have there been studies done to test Immortality of cancer cells in culture?

This website on cultured cancer cells () says cancer cells may be immortal. I am wondering if there has been any research done to find if cancer cells are really immortal. How old is the still ...
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1answer
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Oscillatory electrical system using a chain of neurons

Many daily activities that we perform are result of inbuilt oscillatory circuits in our body. For example walking, breathing, heart beat, blinking, etc. The coding and decoding of stored memory also ...
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1answer
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How do bumblebees and hornets avoid the negative effects of inbreeding?

I just learned that all hornets and bumblebees except for the queen die at the end of the year and the queen starts a new nest in spring. But that means the next generation of queens have only ...
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When and How do pacemaker cells develop during the cell aggregation process of Dictyostelium discoideum?

I was reading a paper by Tang & Othmer about oscillations and waves in Dictyostelium discoideum. Under certain condition like starvation period in the life cycle of a Dictyostelium discoideum ...
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Degree of dosage compensation in Drosophila melanogaster

In this paper the authors state that the dosage compensation seen in Drosophila is approximately twofold, but they do not provide any source or numbers (as far as I can see) for this. What is the mean ...
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Why my right eye see warmer colors? [on hold]

As the title says, my right eye see warmer color than the left one. I've seen a few people talking about that thanks to google, but I was unable to find a proper answer. So, what cause this strange ...
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How the pattern of fertilization path is determined before the cell division to form the blastocyst? Is it individually specific?

After sperm meets ovum,the inactive nucleus starts following a particular path inside the zygote, kind of chasing a path. This path biologically known as fertilization path. But my question is how the ...
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Which information can be obtained from a list of gene names?

Lets say I only have a list of gene names. I know they are up regulated and I know they are related to cancer. What information can I obtain from having only the names of genes? For example is there ...
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Why are abiogenesis and evolution considered unrelated?

When a discussion about evolution comes across abiogenesis - the typical reaction is that they are unrelated (see the headline at http://www.factsnotfantasy.com/abiogenesis.php). It seems to be ...
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1answer
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Which wavelength to use to determine algae using a colorimeter?

I am doing a Biology project involving the measurements of the density of algae (Nannochloropsis) using absorbance colorimetry. What wavelength should I set my colorimeter to? The issue is that there ...
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1answer
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Why can action potentials not be initiated at dendrites?

Why are action potentials not initiated at dendrites, although dendrites are the first to receive input from the presynaptic cell? In fact, excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) at the dendrites ...
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What recovers normal polarisation after hyperpolarisation?

I have been taught that a Na+/K+ pump helps to recover normal polarisation after hyperpolarisation in neurons. I could not find out how it does that, since I've also been taught that such a pump moves ...
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Terminology for inefficacy of selection on recessive alleles

I am wondering is there some proper terminology which is used to say that deleterious recessive alleles might be able to hide, reducing the the efficacy of selection, in diploid organisms/chromosomes. ...
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External sensory stimuli that awaken a person from sleep

An external sound or touch can awaken someone. Can a light? It would have to be very strong, but part of the reason might be that it would have to penetrate the eyelids. And can a smell or taste? ...
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Is it possible that the vapour form of propylene glycol could lower a humans blood oxygen saturation by the manner in which N2O does?

My understanding is that by inhaling nitrous oxide leads to the body not being able to take in as much oxygen as it usually would. Is it possible that a heavier soluble gas such as the vapour form of ...
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planting conifers in a sagebrush area [on hold]

I'm looking at buying some property in the picture below. You can see the conifers (mainly Jefferson Pine and Lodgepole Pine) as the dark green dots on the outside frame. The intersecting line (top to ...
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1answer
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Which sources can I use to study botany and horticulture?

I refer with this question to those among you who have a strong background and work in fields like: botanics, horticulture, dendrology, etc. I would like to start building a solid preparation, both ...
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1answer
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About validation process of phenological study

I have recently done a phenological study using remote sensing techniques. Now I need to validate my results and my methods, that is, to determine if the phenology estimated from remote sensing is ...
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The Uniqueness of DNA Paradox

How can everyone have unique iris and fingerprints? After a certain amount of human beings have lived on earth, wouldn't it be possible to exhaust all possible combinations? The same principle ...
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What determines the autumn leaf color?

It is autumn out there. Green, brown, red, yellow, and mixed-colored leaves drop from the trees to the ground. What determines the colors of the leaves? Wikipedia tells me Leaf senescence is the ...
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Can systemic intravascular thrombosis cause brain infarction?

I wonder if the thrombus can pass through the brain-blood barrier because I think small molecules like O2, CO2 and ethanol can pass it. Probably, in some diseases where the permeability of the barrier ...
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2answers
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How sterile is sterile when working with nucleic acids to prevent contamination?

I am reading up on preparatory work on working with nucleic acids and a lot of the instructions speak on excessive procedures on cleaning environments with high %ethanol and making sure the equipment ...
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Current along an axon

When an action potential is induced on a neuron, the local transmembrane potential jumps from $E_{\mbox{rest}}$, the resting potential of the neuron, to $E_{\mbox{eq}}$, the equilibrium potential of ...

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