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Are the Chromosomes organized in any meaningful way?

So my major is in pharmacy but both my master and my (currently in progress) doctoral degree are both in theoretical chemistry. My thesis is about quantum chemistry and proteins, but it has a certain ...
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What is the biggest facultative anaerobic metazoan known to science?

Related: What's the biggest obligate anaerobic organism discovered till now? I had always assumed that the Riftia tube worms were obligately anaerobic since they lived next to anoxic volcanic ...
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Are transgenders born physically different from others?

Are all children born with only either male or female body parts (other than exceptions), or is there actually a natural third gender with the physical characteristics of both genders, e.g. the child ...
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Names of nerves in hands, shins and face

I am looking for the names of the nerves in 3 specific locations of the human body: The nerve running along the "top" (opposite side of the palm) portion of the thumb, from knuckle to fingernail ...
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Spinolactone's role with adrenergic agents in heart failure?

I am studying the treatment plan of adrenergic agents for heart failure. Then, in the group discussion, spinalactone was included. But I cannot understand how it is relevant when considering ...
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What does pain look like in wave form?

I am interested in understanding what "pain" and "hot/cold" look like, as far as waves signatures (signal processing) go. My general understanding of how pain (nociceptive pathways) and hot/cold ...
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Why are irises unique?

I heard that irises are different and unique for every person. According this link, probability of two irises having identical pattern is 1 in 10 to the 78th power. That's how iris scanners identify ...
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Binding of Multivalent Antibody to mutiple epitopes?

A multivalent antibody molecule such as Immunoglobulin M Immunoglobulin A etc bind to more than one antigens or epitopes but I am confused about that wheather these multivalent antibodies bind to ...
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Regarding tumors and their developement

If certain cells or tissue in a specific part of the body are for some reason overworked; like the cases of severe acid reflux damaging the throat repeatedly and the cells in the throat having to do ...
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Can I drink warm/hot tap water? [on hold]

I live in Canada and tap water is drinkable, as a matter of fact, the government puts a little bit of flouride in the tap water so it cleans your teeth. My wife and mom always tells me not to drink ...
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Single long axon vs serial neurons

Based on the comments in this post and also this chat. For discussions and speculations please comment in the chat. The basic question is what is the advantage of having a single long axon such as ...
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How do I get recombinant proteins into the nucleus of mammal cells?

I know that there are Nuclear Localisation Sequencenes (NLS). They can be taken from endogenous or viral proteins and fused to the N or C terminus of my recombinant protein. Which is the best one? ...
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How PER:CRY complexes accumulate in the cytoplasm? [on hold]

Lot of paper on the circadian molecular clock talk to an accumulation of PER:CRY complex in the cytoplasm during the day phase. I do not find why this complex do not move to nucleus in during the day. ...
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Nerves, Neurons, Axons and Dendrites by Example

Here is a simple diagram of a neuron: A few (very closely related) questions: Where are receptors located (for pain, pressure, temperature, etc.): in the axon terminals or the dendrite tree? ...
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How can I purify RNA after gel electrophoresis to remove residual acrylamide?

I sometimes use denaturing gel electrophoresis on a preparative scale to purify RNA produced by in vitro transcription. The major issue with this is that the sample after extraction from the gel still ...
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Physiologically, how can stress/anxiety cause neuropathy?

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress/anxiety can cause "pins and needles" (neuropathy) sensations all over the body. But how can this be? My understanding of the sensory pathway is that sensory ...
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Is it possible to dock multiple ligands with the target?

Is it possible to dock multiple ligands with a target? If so, what is the suitable software used for? -- Is it possible to fix specific docking region for the target (or) automatic?
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Satisfication with irrelevant things [on hold]

I am not sure if this question is better suited CogSci.SE so please tell me. My question is why are we satisfied when we get things that aren't useful in any important way? For example, relating to ...
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Can signals travel “backwards” in the sensory pathway?

My understanding of the "sensory pathway" is that its a linear, directional pipeline as follows: Nerves (fire various signals depending on the type of sensors they are) Fibers (transmit signals from ...
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Fab fragments of antibodies to fight viral infections

I was reading about Fab fragment and about using them to fight of viral infections. It seems that the Fab attaches to the viral receptors, which stops the viruses from attacking the cells. It seems ...
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Hot water and bacteria

I know that it is common to say, "use hot water when washing your hands" or when you've got a cut, "wash your hands with warm water," etc. I was wondering, why is this the case? Since bacteria grow in ...
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Persistency of biotoxins in environment

I wonder how long it takes for biotoxins to break down when released to environment, I think about - Botulinum toxin, Anthrax toxin etc. I guess process of degradation should be fast, because high ...
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Cells scatter light in solution. Do they refract?

For part of an exam question, "why do cells grown in liquid cause turbidity?" I answered that cells refract light. The correct answer was that cells scatter light. Isn't the light scattering ...
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Why do some animals try to imitate other animals?

There is a tendency of some animals (including people!) to be "copy-cats" and try to imitate members of their own, and sometimes other, species. The most obvious example is a parrot copying human ...
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what makes different materials to have different tastes? [on hold]

what makes different materials to have different tastes? For example: what we know as different colors is due to different frequencies of light and what we know as sound is due to the different ...
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What is the evolutionary purpose of white spots in nails and how can they be characterised due to Leukonychia? [on hold]

Suppose you haven't hit your nails so the white spots are due to Leukonychia. Are the discoloration i.e. the white spots due to lower porosity (less minerals absorbing) or some other factor? I ...
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Western blotting with multiple antibodies

Normally I wash/detect with one primary/secondary-HRP antibody pair, strip, then wash/detect with the other primary/secondary-HRP pair which works well. However, I recently started working with a ...
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Anatomy of nervous system's sensory pathways

When I touch my hand on a hot stove, I feel pain. I'm interested in knowing all the main "endpoints" (components/parts of the body) that are involved in relaying this pain signal. As I understand it ...
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How and where do nerves share pathways to the brain?

I am interested in understanding how pain receptors send signals to the somatosensory cortex (the part of the brain that registers various nerve signals such as pain, presure, temperatures, etc). ...
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Why do the major and minor groove exist in DNA?

So I know that the major/minor groove arise from the offset pairing of the two strands in the helix. All my textbook tells me is that "pitch causes the off-set pairing of DNA and this gives rise to ...
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What does 'pedigree information' mean?

This paper uses Pied Flycatcher as a study species. For the population of Pied Flycatchers they studied, 'pedigree information' was available. What exactly does this 'pedigree information' mean?
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Do snakes get dizzy?

I've seen snakes get twirled around in bags and was just curious if they get dizzy. I have not done any tests because snakes scare me.
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Would blue light be effective to help average people when sunsets come much earlier in the day?

I know people with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) benefit from blue light in the winter as night-time comes much earlier (in the UK, sunset is around 4pm in December, compared to 9pm in June). ...
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Do distinctions between dry, tickly and chesty coughs have any medical basis?

Background At least in Britain you normally come across distinct kinds of cough medicine "chesty", "dry" and "tickly". Questions Are "chesty", "dry" and "tickly" coughs always due to ...
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Would humans eventually evolve to fight off fatal diseases if we didn't treat/vaccinate for them? [duplicate]

I am definitely pro vaccination, and the question is a bit morbid because people would die, but assuming that we didn't treat or vaccinate people for fatal diseases such as Ebola or the black death, ...
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Physiological markers of some antibiotic resistance? [on hold]

I am studying antibiotic resistance on Physiology. I am particularly interested its effect on Physiology: heart rate blood pressure pacemakers of the heart mean electrical axis coordination of the ...
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What specific sensory nerves act as receptors for “pins and needles” (neuropathy)?

According to this excellent answer, the difference between "pain" and "pins and needles" (neuropathy) is that different receptors (sensory nerves) trigger in reaction to different stimuli. Different ...
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STRING ID - allelic differences and splice variants

STRING has protein (amino acid sequences) mapped to a single gene ID. I have these doubts w.r.t STRING ID. I find that 1.All alleles of a single gene share the same STRING ID and 2.Especially ...
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Balanced vs Maximized Codon Optimization

I have worked with the optimization of several viral proteins, from different viruses/families, with different results. When Menzella, 2011 was published I tried that method. I found quite the ...
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Statistical method for characterizing the relationship between body mass and metabolic rate

There is a dataset that contains body mass ($x$) and metabolic rate ($y$) from many different organisms. It is common to fit the data to the model of the form $y=ax^b$ and estimate the parameters $a$ ...
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How could be the “Eurasian magpie” bird won the “Mirror Test” where Gorillas failed

EURASIAN MAGPIE VS GORILLA VS How could be the "Eurasian magpie" bird won the "Mirror Test" where Gorillas failed ? In 1982, mirror tests on two, zoo-reared gorillas failed to demonstrate ...
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Use cases of RNA secondary structure prediction

I'm an undergraduate currently writing a thesis on RNA secondary structure prediction, specifically building upon analysis done by the RNAStructure and Unafold software packages by modifying certain ...
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What is a Good Essay Question for Photosynthesis? [on hold]

I'm a freshman in highschool, and we have a test on photosynthesis coming up next week. I was wondering what a good, all-inclusive essay question, that will cover the processes of light-dependent ...
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Why not use non-visual self-recognition to test for consciousness in an organism?

Background A well-known test for consciousness in an organism is to observe its ability to recognise itself in a mirror (see wikipedia article: "Mirror test"). Question Why haven't I come across a ...
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What is Environmental Robustness? Is it different from plasticity?

Hansen (2006) in his review uses the concept of environmental robustness independently of the other concepts of robustness (at pages 139 and 140) without defining ...
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Dissolving or not? [on hold]

You have two beakers. One contains pure water, the other contains pure methanol (wood alcohol). The covalent bonds of methanol molecules are nonpolar, so there are no hydrogen bonds among methanol ...
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What are the 5 most expensive machines that can be found in a bio-lab? [on hold]

What are the 5 most expensive machines that are specific to a biology laboratory? In this case the type of biology laboratory that specialises in molecular biology and bioinformatics (study of cell ...
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Native vs Immigrant plants [on hold]

Is this statement applicable to any known plant/region combinations? Plant species X, Y, and Z are truly indigenous to region R. Other "immigrant" species can be destroyed by drought or harsh ...
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Why does anxiety cause diarrhea or constipation?

Anxiety sometimes cause diarrhea, sometimes constipation, and sometimes both. It's interesting because it seems their underlying neurophysiology is somehow different. What are underlying physiological ...
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Reason why sedative drugs stem from eastern countries and stimulating drugs from western ones [on hold]

I was wondering if there's a linkage between the geographic distribution of drugs and their effects. There's nicotine, caffeine and cocaine, all originating from south-america and all of them have ...

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