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What is Chronic immobilization stress (CIS)?

I am trying to self study BNDF a little bit when I found this article: Abstract Stress impacts multiple systems within the CNS, including the hippocampus. A key molecular mediator in hippocampal ...
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Can IVF decrease the probability of trisomy in the fetuses of older mothers?

Is trisomy mostly due to complications with fertilization? If so, does in vitro fertilization reduce the probability of trisomy for the fetuses of older mothers? If not, can zygotes be screened ...
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What in soy are people allergic to and will these allergens be passed along if an animal that has eaten soy is consumed?

I have two related questions about soy allergies and possible reactions. What is it that are humans who have soy allergies actually allergic to? What is the allergen? If an animal eats soy, are ...
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Combining gene expression data from two species

I currently have two sets of gene expression data. The first is a dataframe of genes identified by Annotation id CG numbers (for example "CG10005") in one column and a numerical variable of interest ...
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Are all chromosomes equally susceptible to mutation?

The humans have been around for a few million years, other organisms longer yet. Changes that occur in the genome and propagate (may) eventually throw a new species ... or atleast branch off the old ...
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Fibonacci sequence in nature, truth or just wishful thinking?

I'm reading a bit on the Fibonacci sequence in nature, be it the golden ratio or the golden spiral forming over and over again in biological structures, and then I came across this online article by ...
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Does the Enzyme Monoamine Oxidase, Isoenzyme A have an allosteric modulatory site?

Does the Enzyme Monoamine Oxidase, Isoenzyme A (MAO-A) have an allosteric modulatory site? I ask because I would like to know if it is possible, in theory at least, for a positive allosteric modulator ...
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Is there any evolutionary/physiological advantage to multi-lateral symmetry?

Just wondering ; I get the impression a large number of multicellular organisms are multi-lateral in their physical structure. Why would evolution/mutation have retained multi-lateral symmetry in an ...
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What chemicals can be detected from one's sweat?

This question came to mind after reading this article. The article speaks of inducing sweating to determine by a roundabout fashion the amount of salt therein. I'm no medic but I find myself wondering ...
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How is instinctual information encoded?

If instincts are passed on through genetics, how is that information encoded in DNA? For example, spiders instinctively know how to spin webs. Does that imply that the algorithm for web spinning is ...
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Are anti-inflammatories useful for tendinosis?

I am wondering why some doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory treatments for conditions that are supposedly not inflammatory such as tendinosis. From my understanding, only tendinitis a swollen tendon ...
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Perception of artificial light - flickering

I noticed something strange a couple of years ago. I was walking down the street at night, when it struck me that the street lights were flickering. But, when I turned to take a direct look at the ...
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How does a thymidine block halt DNA synthesis?

The best I've been able to find is that there's a feedback mechanism, but what is this feedback, and how does the mechanism work? If it's just that the concentration of thymidine is too high, why ...
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By what mechanism does penicillin resistance usually develop in Streptococcus pneumoniae?

There are three mechanisms: prevention of the interaction between antibiotic and the target PBP; modification of the binding of the antibiotic to the PBP; hydrolysis of the antibiotic by a ...
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How does this diagram illustrate carbon cycling in lakes?

Could someone please explain the following process to me: This process refers to carbon cycling in lakes and is described in the context of $CO_2$ flux from lakes into the atmosphere. GPP is gross ...
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Does one neurotransmitter travel all the way through the nervous system?

Nerve impulses of course go really fast, but the neurotransmitters have to travel through millions of nerves, so how can it go that fast? Is it a sort of relay with lots of neurotransmitters taking ...
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Serotonin - Does being aroused make you sleepy?

My Psychology text book says Serotonin causes "Sleep, arousal levels and emotion" Does this really mean that when you are being aroused, Serotonin is released, which in turn makes you sleepy? If so, ...
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Formation of ammonia from air and moisture

On extended bicycle trips I sometimes slept under a plastic sheet, which helped with mosquitoes on hot nights. But there was a noticeable build-up of ammonia which made this almost impossible for more ...
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Do repeated freeze-thaw strip nutrition from vegetables/food?

For some inexplicable reason from the ladies in my extended family (even friends!) seem to believe that vegetables/food should be subjected to as few freeze/thaw cycles as possible. The rationale put ...
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What Makes A Pet Hypoallergenic

I know you can purchase dog and cat breeds that are hypoallergenic so those who are prone to pet allergies will have reduced allergies or none at all. These breeds are specifically bred for that ...
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What causes XYY Syndrome?

It's obvious how a misdisjunction can result in klinefelter's syndrome (XXY) but I don't see how this can result in XYY syndrome. Your parents have a collective total of only one Y chromosome so how ...
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How much food can an average person eat, and which animal is that equivalent to?

When the average person overeats, how much food can he eat in a day? Which animal's average meal would that be equivalent to? When documentaries are talking about animals feed, they usually say ...
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A good textbook on Neuroscience [closed]

I want to start learning Neuroscience. Can someone give me an advice about a nice textbook for beginners? I'm particularly interested in the application of Neuroscience in programming and AI ...
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What makes a gene dominant or recessive

We all carry two copies of each gene (outside of male sex chromosomes). If the two differ from each other often one is dominant and one recessive. How does this mechanism work on a molecular level? ...
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Why do dendritic cells have CD4/CD8 on their surface?

Why do dendritic cells have CD4 or CD8 antigens on their surface? What is their function without the presence of a T-cell receptor?
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What prevents a pregnant woman's immune system from recognizing her fetus as nonself (and attacking)?

I'm familiar with the scenario of Rh- mother with Rh+ fetus having complications (more so after her first child), but that's not what I'm curious about. I want to know mechanistically why a pregnant ...
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Question about cell signaling pathways (RTK, Jak-Stat, SMAD, etc)

I am in an embryology course right now and we've just started covering cell-cell communication in development. We were talking about the roles of the various cadherins and their discoveries but we got ...
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Can Palisade Cells Survive Independently?

I have been intrigued by this question. Can palisade cells survive independently from its parent plant in a chemical environment? For example, if we were to separate a palisade cell from a plant and ...
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Can I use PCR buffer instead of cDNA synthesis buffer?

I am using Fermentase First strand cDNA synthesis kit but its buffer is over. I need to work today but I have not access to any sorce currently. I have PCR buffer in the lab. Can I use PCR buffer ...
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How do amino acids become attached to tRNA?

Is there a protein that catalyzes this or does it happen spontaneously? In which part of the cell does this happen?
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Can forensic DNA analysis be used to generate a visual approximation of a suspect?

In light of the current US supreme court case, I'm curious if enough information can be teased out of a DNA sample to get a "reasonable" approximation of the suspect (never mind the legality). I ...
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Does the Urea Cycle exist in invertebrates?

Do invertebrates (like Drosophila and C.elegans) have a urea cycle?
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Multiplication to formalize Microbiological Processes

I am not from the field, but have a question regarding modeling in biology: I know that some processes can be modeled with the mathematical multiplication operation, and wondered if anyone could ...
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Why is it that cats can jump so high for their size, compared with humans?

My cat is about 1' high at the shoulder, and I am a little over 6', but my cat can easily jump onto something as high as I am. That is 6x it's height. If a cat can do this, then Why can't I jump up ...
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Are there any studies of epigenetic difference between twins during their lifespan?

Are there any studies of epigenetic difference between twins during their lifespan ? I ask because I wonder if there exist phases during lifespan, when environmental factors plays major role ...
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How does a jumping spider manage to “jump” on the ceiling?

I just witnessed a small jumping spider jump on some kind of louse or bed bug on the ceiling. How does it do that without falling? I have yet to find a high-speed-camera video of a jumping spider ...
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Why does Glutamine have the symbol Q?

Spent a half hour googling this and the best I could find was this: Now for some rhymes: Arginine = R. R we having fun yet? Asparagine = N The kNights of Ne say "Ne". Glutamine is a cute ...
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Introductory literature for synthetic / systems biology?

I'm a computer engineer (MsC Computer Engineering) who's looking to switch into the field of synthetic / systems biology. I've got a comprehensive layman's understanding of evolution, genetics, ...
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Effect of doubling volumes of PCR reagents

We ran PCR with a positive control and two lanes of sample. We used the same sample, but in one PCR mixture we used a total volume of 50μL (25μL Taq, 5μL forward&reverse primer each, ...
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What is benjamini

I was doing some gene expression analysis using this tool http://david.abcc.ncifcrf.gov/summary.jsp. However, I have a confusion about what benjamini is. I fed it some gene list and it gave me some ...
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Gas from bacteria that's not methane

Is gas produced by bacteria always mainly methane? Or, are there bacteria out there that produce some biogas composed mainly of hydrogen, natural gas, propane, butane?
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Are there predators evolved to eat puffer fish?

Puffer fish is known for having a anti-predation defense mechanism of having toxin-exuding spikes. Are there predators which evolved specifically to prey on puffer fish? (presumably, by evolving ...
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Why seeds won't sprout given excess water?

What would cause a seed to not sprout despite showing signs of germination given excess water? Oxygen, temperature, and light were sufficient for germination and sprouting in seeds of a slightly ...
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Where does Taq polymerase migrate during electrophoresis?

Assuming a 1% Agarose gel with TAE. Follow up questions: Is there a way to stain for it? Could the polymerase be captured and reused?
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Can Opioids Attenuate some of the symptoms of Psychosis?

Can Opioids Attenuate some of the symptoms of Psychosis? I ask because there's a dead link on the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opioid_dependence#Causes that's meant to support the ...
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Are there examples of encryption in nature?

There are examples of mathematics in nature such as Fibonacci number, fractals, etc. Are there examples of encrypted information? What I am looking for is a pattern that seems random on the ...
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How was the first ribosome theorized to have been made?

Seeing as ribosomes are what help perform the act of translation itself, and the blueprints for they themselves are in nucleotide sequences, how was the first ribosome theorized to have been made? ...
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How much does donating blood affect the amount of oxygen in your blood stream at high altitude?

I am a regular blood donor and I am also a skydiver. We normally go to around 13,000 feet AGL (above ground level). Depending on how high above sea level the ground is, altitudes could be as high as ...
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Polymerase Observations

DNA polymerase I (PolI) contains polymerase, 3'-5' exonuclease, and 5'-3' exonuclease activities in a single polypeptide chain of molecular weight 109 kDa. If E. coli Pol I is exposed to the protease ...
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When can I assume individuals marrying into a pedigree are non-carriers?

If I'm not told that they're non carriers, and if I don't have proof of their geneotype based off of progeny, when can I assume they're non carriers for a trait?

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