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Why does strenous exercise cause vision of “lights”?

I had a hard climb a week ago. I got so tired then any time I closed my eyes I saw these lights inside my head. I see these lights almost every time that I run fast or some thing like that. What are ...
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Bayes theorem for mutations

MEN 2A is a dominant inherited disease caused by a mutation in the RET proto-oncogene. The probability of being sick when you have the mutation of the RET proto-oncogene varies with age and is assumed ...
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Transformation of E.coli cells

As a team of undergraduate researchers we are looking to transform two genes of interest into our competent E.coli cells. Both of these genes are in separate plasmids and we would like to put them ...
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What's a segmented copy number profile

I am studying copy-number variation. I am reading C. H. Mermel, S. E. Schumacher, B. Hill, M. L. Meyerson, R. Beroukhim, and G. Getz, “GISTIC2.0 facilitates sensitive and confident localization ...
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Which tree's root can grow the longest?

In a recent TV documentary it was said that a particular tree root could grow miles long. However, I forgot the name of the tree and I don't remember the name of the TV program as well. I searched ...
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Risks in bacterial phage therapy

I just finished reading J. Craig Venter's book Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life. The book is a little over a year old now, and Venter has an optimistic ...
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Why do insects avoid being on their back?

I have noticed that when insects are placed on their backs, they tend to turn themselves over quickly or else appear to be in distress. Is there a physiologic, anatomic, or adaptive reason why supine ...
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354 views

Can someone identify this plant?

Can someone identify this plant? It was growing under my 2 year old's climbing wall / play house thing. I live in West Virginia, USA and it's currently June 3rd (if that helps from a climate ...
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How is magnet based bead capture used for indexing-first ChIP-seq?

The context for this question can be found in this paper by Lara-Astiaso et al. Here, to study H3K4 trimethylation in various cell types, they sort cells sonicate chromatin immobilize chromatin on ...
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Is the golden ratio of anatomic measurements universally beneficial for sexual reproduction? [closed]

It is often claimed, in popular media, that the golden ratio (Fibonacci series) in for example some face measurements is aesthetically (and hence reproductively) attractive with respect to the humans. ...
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How are behaviors genetically coded in animals?

I am curious as to how complex behavior is passed down genetically? For example, how is the building of a web genetically coded in a spider? And how is the complex behavior of constricting prey coded ...
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Why can ATP not be stored in excess?

I just learned that ATP can not be stored in excess and is only made by the body when it is needed. What makes ATP, like glucose and fat is what is stored under the skin or wherever. Now why cant the ...
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Does biofuel production by microalgae need an extra source of CO₂?

It is necessary to have extra source of CO2 i.e. from a nuclear reactor or factory chimney to produce bio-fuel by microalgae or is it able to do it with the normal CO2 density in the atmosphere?
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What are ways to compare the “costs” and “gains” of food production systems?

I'm looking for methodologies to compare the costs a food production requires with the gains it delivers (not in economic terms). I'm aware of energy returned on investment. Are there other methods ...
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Are the brains of any herbivorous animals capable of utilising ketone bodies as an energy source?

I ask this question because earlier today I heard from a lecturer at my university that a sheep's brain cannot utilise ketone bodies as an energy source and hence with insufficient glucose supply for ...
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3 fates of this matter

When an animal eats something, it obtains matter and energy right? But, what are the 3 possible fates of the matter and 3 possible fates energy. I don't understand what they are even asking. What ...
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111 views

Can cats use ketone bodies as only source of energy?

I recall reading that much of the energy a cat produces from its food comes from proteins which I assume would produce energy via being catabolised into amino acids which in turn, if glucogenic, would ...
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250 views

Does the body lose energy or gain energy relatively when drinking or eating hot things?

Does the body lose or gain energy when drinking or eating hot things compared to more neutral temperature things? On the one hand, The body could somehow convert the heat energy into human usable ...
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638 views

Question regarding Rate of Photosynthesis AP Biology Lab

We are doing a lab on the effects of light intensity/wavelength on the rate of photosynthesis in AP bio and we were asked to visit this website here: ...
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146 views

Is there a way to measure ATP usage in the brain similarly to fMRI?

Is there a way to measure ATP usage in the brain (or anywhere else) similarly to how fMRI works (measuring changes in iron resonance in oxygenated/deoxygenated blood)? Is there some sort of similar ...
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Can viruses be used to extract oil from algae?

I read that one hard step in algae oil extraction is to rupture (or fracture) the cell walls to get the contents inside. Some people use chemical methods; some use sonication or mechanical forces. I ...
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239 views

How can toddlers expend seemingly boundless energy when they eat so little?

A toddler's food intake seems very little: only milk and water and some solid food. Therefore, from where does this energy come?
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1answer
104 views

Do mitochondria use ATP in order make another ATP from glucose?

Do mitochondria use ATP in order make another ATP from glucose, or does it use another source of energy to convert glucose to ATP?
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Breakdown of energy expenditure at the level of a single cell

The metabolic rate measures how much energy an organism expends over a unit of time. Its breakdown for the human body in terms of its functions is well documented : so much for the heart, for the ...
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Calories burn rate calculation — scientific studies

There are many online calculators for measuring walking/running/bicycling calories burn rate. They differ in input parameters like some might need my weight as well as height and some don't. Almost ...
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201 views

How does the human body use energy?

As far as I know the glucose gets processed from carbs and fats and as a result carbon dioxide, water and "energy" are released. The carbon dioxide and water are expelled by the body, and then energy ...
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Is body energy production and consumption cyclical?

If we look into how energy is produced by the humans, it always involves some kind of periodicity: fuel combustion rotates engines, water rotates turbines, nuclear chain reactions heat up water, which ...
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Tracking of oxygen molecules in glucose oxidation

For this reaction, found in typical biochemistry textbook: $C_6H_{12}O_6 + 6O_2 \to 6CO_2 + 6H_2O$ I am interested in where do the oxygen atoms of $6O_2$ go. I think they go to $6H_2O$, but this is ...
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Why does caffeine give you so much energy, while being so low on calories?

There's definitely something I'm missing here. Since calories is a unit of measurement for energy, and caffeine seemingly gives you a lot, how can the labels on caffeinated products have such a low ...
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Can we harvest energy from plants?

This is a cross-cutting question but I think its core is about biology. Our society's need for energy is dramatically growing and we are messing up with our environment to answer them. Maybe another ...
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What is the biological basis of “energy” that extraverted humans draw from social engagements and introverts expend?

This question is related to this question about introverts becoming exhausted after extended social events on cognitive sciences stack exchange. As I read more on the topic of human ...
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Kinetic Vs Potential Energy in Biochemical Contexts

This question is causing great confusion in my head. Which of the following is an example of potential rather than kinetic energy? A) the muscle contractions of a person mowing grass B) water ...
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1answer
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What is the role of Aspartate Transaminase in gluconeogenesis?

I know that oxaloacetate cannot cross the mitochondrial membrane, but can instead be converted to aspartate, shuttled out, and then re-converted back to oxaloacetate. What does this have to do with ...
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Is there a significant difference in sedentary calorie-burn between a thinker and non-thinker?

I've read that, on average, a sedentary female burns between 1,600 - 2,000 calories and a sedentary male burns between 2,000 and 2,500 calories. I've also read that the brain itself burns quite a few ...
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NADH shuttles - Why cytosol?

Why is the malate-aspartate and the glycerol-3-phosphate shuttles located in the cytosol and intermembrane space? The krebs cycle happens in the matrix so why wouldn't they push electrons from the ...
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Beta oxidation of saturated fats

In my text book there is an example of a 18 carbon long fat and it says that it can run 8 laps of oxidation. I don't understand why it doesn't run 9? 2 are removed each cycle? Thanks.
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Energy consumption of a resting synapse

What is the energy penalty of maintaining rarely used synapse? I'm wondering if forgetting is cheaper than remembering unnecessary details.
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Cell energy consumption and food intake

I am wondering if each cell in human body starts consuming ten percent more energy, how much food one has to consume compared to normal intake?
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Determining how much energy a plant takes in?

I asked a question on WorldBuilding.SE, "Are diamond berries possible?". This led to asking a question on Chemistry.SE about the amount of energy required to burn a 1 ct. diamond (−6.527kJ). The ...
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What is this arachnid?

I came across a photo on Wikipedia depicting an Oreocereus celsianus with what looks to me like some kind of harvestman on it. The photo was taken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Can anyone ...
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Flower identification (England, late May)

I took this photo near Stratford upon Avon by the side of a road. Can anyone identify this flower?
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Primer heterodimer problem

I design my primers in Primer3PLUS and analyze them in Oligoanalyzer3.1, A big problem that I have this is that I got very nice output in NCBI-Primer BLAST for their specificity but a very negative ΔG ...
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Are Humans Considered Keystone species? [closed]

Do humans have a huge impact on the ecosystem ? is it possible for other animals to live without us ?
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MOL2 to PDBQT conversion via OpenBabel and MGLTools removes hydrogen atoms

I am trying to convert a MOL2 file (includes partial charges and hydrogen atoms) into a PDBQT file for re-scoring in AutoDock Vina. However, both approaches that I tried don't keep the hydrogen atoms ...
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1answer
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How did the introduction of artificial light changed the life cycle of a plant?

Plants in urbanized areas are constantly exposed to artificial light after sunset. In their natural habitat there is a more distinct day and night cycle. Since light is an important factor in a plant ...
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Help with STRING database

How can I generate a graph on the STRING web server for physical interacting proteins only? I know we could extract the data and use Cytoscape to create a graph, but I would prefer to have a graph ...
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1answer
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From a computer science perspective, how is DNA compared for various purposes?

I am very interested in privacy preserving technolgies, such as Microsoft PINQ and would like to see if this is applicable to DNA comparison. Given that I don't have a background in biology, I ...
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1answer
354 views

Measuring body size in flies/insects

"Mesothorax length (the distance from the tip of the scutellum to the most anterior part of the mesothorax)" From Bergland et al 2008. Would that be this distance (green line)? If not, how ...
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How can the phenotypic effects of a tumor suppressor mutation be silenced?

I've been reading a little about the "two-hit" hypothesis for tumor suppressor genes here, which mentions that some genes exhibiting haploinsufficiency are exceptions to the hypothesis. I've read ...

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