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How can action potentials be generated through thoughts?

I think I understand how a signal is transferred from neuron to neuron (from How do the brain and nerves create electrical pulses?). My question, however, is not about the standard textbook material ...
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Is it possible for a human to get rabies from a rabies vaccine meant for dogs?

What would happen if a human was injected with a rabies vaccine meant for dogs? I know vaccines can contain weak or dead strains of the virus, but is it possible that the human could become infected ...
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Has the protein composition (with identification) in honey and other honeybee byproducts been studied?

I am interested in studying honey and other honeybee byproducts. I have not been able to find sequence or structure records for any of the contents of honey. In particular, I want to study the ...
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How close to Earth's core can organisms live?

We don't to know much about organisms living deep below the Earth's crust. Recently a team led by S. Giovanni discovered some microbes 300 m below the ocean floor. The microbes were found to be a ...
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Does DNA Ligase look for complementarity in sticky ends?

Can DNA ligase seal two non-complementary sticky ends if the reaction is incubated at the optimum conditions ? I do almost 100% double digestion in the lab. However, during ligation, when I do a ...
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Relationship between nerves and axons

I just wanted to get a realistic viewpoint of our nervous system. I understand arteries and veins, but I wanted to know how similar our nervous system is to that? I understand we have neurons ...
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How does food intake affect medicine? Why pill instructions recommends taking them before (after) meal?

Even simple vitamins seem to have this in the instruction. Why is is so? Is there some simple model of how do pills interact with food? Does it depend on the food type? (What about drinks?) Should ...
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Why do plants produce so much more sugar than they use?

I recently asked the question, "Do plants need O2 to consume energy they've stored via sugar?" to which @canadianer responded, "Yes, plants require oxygen to generate ATP from sugar. However, they ...
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Do plants need O₂ to consume energy they've stored via sugar?

This question came up as I work my way through the answers to another question I just asked. My understanding is that plant photosynthesis looks something like this (though with lots more going on ...
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Protein Structure Parameters

I'm wondering about the minimal set of parameters necessary to define a protein's structure. My understanding is that the backbone geometry is defined by the phi and psi angles (torsion angles), and ...
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Could someone entirely absorb smells by smelling?

When smelling, your nose detects the smells by absorbing them. Does this mean that, if you were in an enclosed space, you could smell so much all the smell goes, and there is none of that molecule ...
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Proteins: Post translational modification

I am a physicist and trying to understand some protein chemistry for a small project. Basically, amino acids combine to form proteins and after forming the primary structure, some chemical ...
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Does Smartphone cause ear pain? [closed]

I used samsung galaxy y for last two years. I used to speak more than 3 hours per day in the phone. Now if i bring any smart phones near to my ear, i can't bear the pain. I have little cold and 4 ...
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How much of what we eat ends up in the toilet?

An awkward question. Bear with me... In terms of mass, what percentage of the food that we eat do we end up excreting? Of course, it depends on a whole host of factors so lets assume a healthy ...
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Redheads and pain receptors

I remember reading this in a biology textbook, and decided to do a little digging. Redheads have a lower sensitivity to some pain and a higher sensitivity to other compared to people of other colored ...
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In insects, does the Alanine repeat occur on the homeodomain sequence of the abdomen or does it occur on a different sequence?

By "Alanine repeat", I am referring to the suppression of the formation of extra insect legs due to Ubx gene suppression through Distal-less repression.
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How does it make thermodynamic sense for photosynthesizers to turn CO₂ into O₂?

My understanding is that animal metabolism consists of exothermic reactions like $$\ce{C6H12O6 + 6 O2 ->6 CO2 + 6 H2O + energy}$$ This makes thermodynamic sense to me. Animals need an exothermic ...
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Enzymatic error rate

I am aware that each enzyme generate a certain amount of misproducts. This is well documented, for example, for the DNA polymerase. I am interested in enzyme involved in biochemical processes, so for ...
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Why did the Brain develop in the front in most organisms?

I was wondering: why most, well, pretty much all organism with a brain have it right in front of their bodies or at the top.
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What's Incomplete atrioventricular heart block (AV)? [closed]

This is unclear for me and I can not understand differences between complete and incomplete atrioventricular heart block.also I want an electrocardiograph of incomplete atrioventricular heart block.
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Why do we urinate more when we are nervous?

This question is a result of my personal experience... But I guess that is common for many of us. My school timing is 8:00 am to 1:30 pm (usually). During normal school days I typically urinate one ...
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Which will produce more oxygen? Less number of (larger) trees or more number of (smaller) plants?

In a given area A, we have two choices - (i) we can plant maximum number of trees (which are larger in size) possible in A, say m OR (ii) we can plant maximum number of plants (which are smaller in ...
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Stem cells and if they can correct a lack of apoptosis

If a cell ,call it C1 has no functioning apoptosis mechanism could a stem cell somehow be 'induced' to be like C1 , at least have the same genome as C1. Then use this stem cell 'duplicate' to ...
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Which method would more accurately help to identify the unknown concentration of a protein sample between the A280 and the Bradford methods?

I quantified my protein using the standard Bradford method and the A280 methods and obtained values that were far off from the theoretical value of the protein of interest, and therefore was wondering ...
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Time lapse between fresh blood's exposure to air and that same blood turning darker red-brown

For investigative purposes, I'm searching for a tool that can be used as a quick visual assessment of the the length of time that blood has been exposed to air after the blood flow has stopped.. Let's ...
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1answer
350 views

How does aging affect fingerprint?

Do fingerprints change as we grow from child to adult? Most notably, what is the effect of the increase in surface area of palms and fingers on the finger print? Does the finger print simply increases ...
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Why are fingerprints different even in identical twins? [duplicate]

Why are fingerprints different from person to person? It can't be genetics. Even identical twins has different sets of fingerprints. What is the deciding factor that form and shape our fingerprints?
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Is brain transplantation possible?

Many organs can be transplanted nowadays, including the liver, lungs and kidneys. Can the brain be transplanted?
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Metabolism of different saccharides

Learning about carbohydrates, I wonder what the differences there are in terms of metabolism, and overall health between the different types of saccharides. In other words, does the body use ...
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Do variant callers miss rare variants in reference?

Generally variant calling programs (such as GATK-UnifiedGenotyper) look for differences between reference genome and submitted sequence. However, we all know that reference genome consist rare ...
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How do scientists decide which version of a polymorphism is the main one?

This in fact has bugged me for years, but now I finally remembered to ask. I suppose that if one variation is more frequent, it can be labeled as the default, but what about variations that are ...
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Neural correlates of the function of the cardiovascular system?

Are there any known neural correlates of the function of the cardiovascular system? I'm looking for research results that use standard brain imaging techniques (e.g. electroencephalography, ...
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1answer
180 views

Maximum RPM in zero-g before losing consciousness, spinning head-over-heels

There are more than a few scenes in Gravity that I find dubious. Specifically the ones where people are revolving very quickly, either about their own center of gravity or at the end of a rather long ...
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How well does the radius of a tree correlate with its age?

I'm looking for a cheap non-invasive ways to approximate the age of a tree (a birch). Measuring the radius pops up in the mind as the first alternative. How would one do that? Measure at multiple ...
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What mechanism is responsible for germinating in the right direction (root towards gravity)? [duplicate]

Regardless of the initial seed orientation, the root always grows/sprouts/germinates "towards gravity" (see picture), sometimes curving around in sharp 180°. What is the mechanism responsible for ...
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Protein Design - Target Structure Specification

I'm curious about how protein structures are defined in general, but in particular, I'm wondering how a target structure can be specified without knowing the amino acid sequence. For example, in ...
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2answers
123 views

DNA barcoding and real-time PCR

I recently read an article on how DNA barcoding was used to identify species present in health products. I also read an article about how Real-Time PCR was used to identify meat species in meat ...
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1answer
150 views

Biphasic T wave caused by digitalis toxicity

Digitalis is a drug that can be used during coronary insufficiency to increase the strength of cardiac muscle contraction. But when overdosages of digitalis are given, depolarization duration ...
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187 views

What actually are thoughts? [closed]

The human brain consists of neurons that transmit impulses like wires that conduct electricity.I am confused about where are our thoughts stored and what really are thoughts? For example if I think ...
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1answer
1k views

What happens to our umbilical cord internally as we age?

I was always curious as to if or how much of the internal structure or workings of the umbilical cord are still in existence as we age. What happens to it over time? The wikipedia article naval ...
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Do humans perceive temperature or heat-flux? (or both?)

The general understanding is that when I touch an object, I perceive its (relative) temperature. A metal object at room temperature, however, will often feel cool to the touch. This leads me to ...
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1answer
106 views

Why oxLDL accumulate to form foam cells?

In atherosclerosis, why macrophage store all the cholesterol from oxLDL inside, and turns to foam cell, and not just degrade it and going back to blood? (there are some amount that leave the plaque, ...
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Can we artificially increase human growth using HGH?

Robert Pershing Wadlow was a man who lived in the first half of the twentieth century. He had hyperplasia of his pituitary gland, which caused him over-produce human growth hormone (HGH), and as a ...
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What is the most condensed form of (stored) energy used in biology?

When considering how organisms store energy for later use, I was wondering what substance known in Biology is best for compacting the most energy in the smallest space(volume-wise). With my (limited) ...
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Clumping factor test

I'm come across this question and I'm somewhat confused: In the test for staphylococci, the clumping factor detects: staphylothrombin DNase mannitol fermentation Fimbriae fibrinogen-binding protein ...
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1answer
130 views

Why is pericardium muscle repolarizated earlier than endocardium? [closed]

I was reading about heat muscle contraction and I read: The endocardium depolarization happens earlier than pericardium , but pericarduim repolarization happens earlier, therefore the T wave in ...
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2answers
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Where can I find mutation datasets for cancer?

My lab has been using TCGA data (somatic mutations and clinical data) to develop panels of genes and of mutations we expect to see in certain cancer populations. We'd like to validate our panels by ...
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1answer
315 views

What are the requirements for a stable carbon cycle in sealed “bottle gardens”`?

The most famous example of a sealed bottle garden is David Latimer's bottle with a Spiderworth plant, pictured below, which has been sealed for 40 years. My own attempt at a bottle garden is failing ...
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103 views

Clarification on the “orientation” of chromosomal rearrangements

I need some clarifications on the concept of "orientation" in case of chromosomal rearrangements. Given a deletion event on a chromosome for example, is the resulting DNA at the breakpoint always in ...
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1answer
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Visualising a subset of the tree of life

I understand that many curated trees of life already exist (eg http://tolweb.org/tree/) but is there any website that allows one to input a list of organisms, and then produce the current best guess ...

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