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Does the lung absorb organic food?

Imagine you swallow something up and not everything gets out of the windpipe (this is possible right?). Would it be possible for the lung to handle with the rest implying that it is organic? Would it ...
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If DNA has a half life of about 500 years, how can old seeds be planted?

According to this article, DNA has a half life of 512 years Wikipedia claims that there are seeds planted as old as 31000 years Doing the basic math $100 / (2^{30000/512})$ we get that only about ...
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Is there an advantage to linear chromosomes?

The DNA copying enzymes have a hard time working to the end of a chromosome. For circular chromosomes this is not a problem, since there is not a sharp 'end'. However, for a linear chromosome, without ...
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How much does the distance between a transcription factor binding site and a promoter influence transcription?

Assume we have a synthetic construct with a minimal (inducible) promoter that requires activation for significant transcription to occur. Realistically, how important is the distance between an ...
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Effective population size when the population sizes varies from season to season

Let's think of a species which has four generations per year and which population size changes from season to season so that the population size is 100 in summer, 200 in spring, 50 in autumn and 20 in ...
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Examples of animals with different number of chromosomes that can interbreed?

When I was first started to write this question, I wanted to know how species evolve to have a different chromosomal arrangement, such as having two pairs of chromosomes instead of one? However, I ...
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College Bio Research: Bacteria found on computer keyboards. [closed]

I am a college students brainstorming ideas on different topics that may be appropriate for on-campus research. What I came up with and I would like to give it a try is analyze the different types of ...
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circularizing DNA molecules?

I have been reading about next-generation sequencing technologies that can sequence long reads. Even though the origin of my question is sequencing technologies, the question I am asking is about the ...
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Would expression of GroEL and GroES in erythrocytes be a potentially effective therapy for sickle cell disease?

Would expression of GroEL and GroES in erythrocytes be a potentially effective therapeutic strategy for sickle cell disease? Why or why not?
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Evolution of Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens

I just read an article on Wikipedia and noticed that some similarities between Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens in the "Comparative table of Homo species". My question is; Is it possible to say that ...
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Omics integration questions [closed]

Let's say that I have a population of Mus musculus in the lab. I divide it in a control group and a test group. The test group is constantly subjected to a stress (example: elevated UV radiation). ...
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Why are new vessels more permeable in microvasculature?

I know for microvasculature New microvasculature (arterioles, venules) are always more permeable as they lack pericytes. and then I have this sentence about new blood vessels (not specific) ...
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What kind of a microscope do I need to see cell organelles?

I would like to study cells and looking for a microscope that would allow me to see: groups of cells individual cell cells organelles I would like to target insects and mammal tissue. I would be ...
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How much solar energy required to compensate food?

Just curious, how much solar energy can power an (herbivore) animal? Specifically, is it enough sunlight on Mercury (4 to 10 times brighter than on Earth) to "feed" a zebra? Will it be sufficient at ...
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Is it easier to burn a calorie of fat or a calorie of a carbohydrate?

Say someone eats 100 calories of chocolate vs. 100 calories of carrots. Something tells me that eating the chocolate will lead to you generating more fat. Will it? Is it harder to burn the calories ...
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What is the evolutionary purpose of the topology of the human ear?

What is the evolutionary purpose of the topology of human ears? I understand why the ears may have a funnel-like shape but if the various "hills and valleys" do not amplify incoming sound, what ...
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Real time PCR parameter CT

When puting a real time PCR, parameter CT, which means threshold cycle, is used. What does it mean really? according to wikipedia "The number of cycles at which the fluorescence exceeds the threshold ...
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Do animals follow tactics?

Are animals able to plan hunts, give tasks if they do it in groups and fulfil it adapted to the current situation? Do they use unique tactics for special circumstances (e.g. based on experiences) or ...
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Drosophila Crosses

I have 2 transgenic lines of Drosophila. I would like to cross them and get both transgene in the same fly. To start this cross, does it matter which fly is female or male? Or as long as the female is ...
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Is Natural Selection like a Copy Editor?

I am stuck on a Homework Question. It says: Evaluate the following statement: “Natural selection works like a copy editor; it works only with what is already present in a population.” (Note: ...
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When does weak selection produce qualitatively different results from strong selection?

In evolutionary game theory, it is typical to model organisms as having a base fitness that is modified slightly by the game interaction. The ratio of the game effect versus the base fitness ...
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Resources for interesting facts about biology [closed]

Are there resources for interesting or fun facts about biology, for example: fastest animal/bird/insect largest organ in human body largest virus largest genome largest de novo synthesized genome ...
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Lethality of a stab wound to the back

How deadly is a stab in the back? Video games, movies, and other fiction would have us believe that a backstab against a foe with a modestly-sized blade leads to immediate and certain death, having a ...
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Evolution in fruits

So, I saw a video on YouTube that says the banana we eat today is not what a banana looked like years ago. Since the banana has been genetically modified over the years, does that qualify as ...
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Organs lifespan out of the body [closed]

What organ can be conserved outside of the body for the longest time and still function when reimplanted?
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What are these white areas of coronary thrombosis?

Please, see the picture where the areas (1,2,3) look little yellow: I think these areas are fat, platelets and/or air. I think 3 is fat/platelets while 1 is air/platelets. There also exists white ...
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Why only water in liquid form is essential to live?

My question is:- Only liquid water supports almost every living organism's metabolism, neither the vapour nor the condensed form of water does so. What is the chemical & the biological reason ...
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What is the minimum length required for a circular DNA ligation?

What is the minimum length of a DNA molecule for the ends to come in close enough contact that they can ligate. Assume there are free divalent cations in solution. Does anyone have any idea?
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Why ducklings are yellow?

Why ducklings are yellow, what the evolutionary background for this? How could it help to survive? UPDATE I agree with comment below, I did remember then that ducks are wild animals too (when I ...
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How would constantly growing nails have aided early human?

Nails grow rapidly and constantly, such that without constant artificial trimming they would reach lengths difficult to manage. How did this benefit early humans, say 200kya? Were they used like ...
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Identify this spider

I found this spider on my balcony in Sunnyvale, CA. It sat in a irregular net. The body was approx. 6mm long. Which species does it belong to?
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What evidence do we have to derive a rate of evolution?

When analyzing how the human species evolved and will continue to evolve over time, what evidence and tools (theory/models) do we have available to derive the rate at which this happens? Is it even ...
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Why do I need a flu shot every year, while many other vaccinations last years or even a lifetime?

Is it a viral vs. bacterial thing? Is there just more variety among types of flu than other diseases, so that this year's vaccines don't cover next year's flu?
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Does fat on our heart come from the fat that we eat?

If we eat fat: Does the fat go into heart, arteries and fat cells. OR Is the fat digested, following which our body creates fat that goes into heart, arteries and fat cells. Which one is right?
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How does a veggie-less diet affect the human body?

I have some question, which I'm sure would fit better in the fitness section but proper answers should probably come from someone that knows biology. My question is rather simple. How can a person ...
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laboratory mice, nutrition, and humans

It seems that many nutrition experiments [directed at human diet] are carried on laboratory mice. Is there any justification that nutrition that is good or bad for laboratory mice will also be same ...
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From a purely biological perspective, how does an optimal human diet look? [closed]

There is hardly any subject as contested in the media as what humans should eat. Usually, such discussions are devoid of actual scientific reasoning, though they all claim to be backed by scientific ...
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How do wild animals get rabies?

I can see the chain of spreading disease: Humans usually get rabies from domestic animals, those usually get it from wild animals, wild animals in their turn get from the other wild animals and here ...
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Can animals absorb atmospheric sulfur?

This is a follow up to this previous question: In biosynthesis of cysteine and methionine, where does the sulfur come from? Can animals use gaesous H2S in the atmosphere, say for instance from a ...
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Bacterial Conjugation/Horizontal Gene Transfer — how does the plasmid exchange work?

So according to a PPT I'm reading, bacterial conjugation works by the two bacteria joining pili and exchanging plasmids. So how exactly do the plasmids get across the gap? If I understand this ...
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Is it impossible for a retrovirus to be lysogenic?

Is it impossible for retroviruses to be lysogenic? In the lysogenic cycle, the viral genetic material is incorporated into the host cell's DNA. Because retroviruses have RNA, it would be impossible ...
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Do lysogenic viruses only infect bacteria?

In the video sent by my teacher on viruses, the example he used for lysogenic viruses was a bacteriophage infecting a bacteria. When he was describing how the genetic material was incorporated into ...
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What is ischaemia exactly?

I think it is decreased blood supply to organs and tissues. I also think it is the stopped circulation. However, both ones cannot be right, I think. What is ischaemia exactly?
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Lytic Viruses — Cell lysis?

So in the video my instructor sent on viruses, he said that for lytic viruses, new viruses manufactured by the host cell could get out of the cell in one of two ways. The new viruses would leave by ...
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In the lysogenic cycle, does the provirus split from the cell's main genetic material for replication?

In a diagram of the lysogenic cycle sent by my instructor in a video, it shows the provirus splitting from the cell's main DNA when the dormancy period ends and the viral DNA is "activated". Is this ...
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Systems Biology of triacylglycerol (TAG) synthesis in Jatropha

I need the genetic regulatory network of TAG synthesis (Kennedy pathway) of Jatropha plant?? Or is there any way to convert metabolic pathway into genetic regulatory network?
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In biosynthesis of cysteine and methionine, where does the sulfur come from?

Methionine and Cysteine are the two amino acids containing sulfur. According to wikipedia, cysteine is built from methionine. However, the wikipedia also claims that methionine is synthesized from ...
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Parasitism and mimicry

I was reading this article which states this: Classical Batesian mimicry, in which an undefended mimic evolves to look like a toxic model, is a parasitic relationship in which the mimic gains ...
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What is the difference between intracardiac and extracardiac reflexes in cardiac regulation?

The primary parameters of heart pumping are strength of contractility (inotropic positive; Frank-Starling relationship) rate of relaxation (lusitropic positive) heart rate (chronotropic positive) ...
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What constitutes the determination of a normal blood glucose level?

Several on-line resources (e.g. MedlinePlus) suggest: Normal range for non-diabetic people who are fasting should range between: 70 and 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) Non-diabetic people who ...

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