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What virus transforms full grown plants?

I read an article by a gardener describing how a virus had transmitted a negative trait to his plants. It rather shocked me, because I hadn't realized that a virus could transform an adult plant. I ...
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A colony of humans are sent to an alien world, at what point would the descendants evolve to be genetically incompatible with Earth humans? [closed]

I recently heard about the evolution of the London Underground mosquitoes, and how they have changed genetically enough that they almost can no longer reproduce with above ground mosquitos. Since this ...
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Are there ways to speed up the growth of plants?

I'm interested in what humans can do to speed up the rate of growth in a plant. I'm interested in both the context of home gardening and large-scale, institution-backed projects. Obviously, optimal ...
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Why do dog's eyes glow green on a photo?

Taking my current profile picture as a prominent example: This photo has been taken with flash. As I gather, this is the same effect that makes a human's eyes glow red on photos, namely the ...
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144 views

Which sex of trees bears fruit? [closed]

Which sex of trees bears fruit? The males or females? And what specifically cause that one to bear fruit. Is it the same as it is with blossoms in trees?
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Plant dependence on CO₂ levels

I was wondering which kind of plants would survive longest without CO2 : plants with fatty, thick leaves or plants with thinner, less fatty leaves? And can we conclude that the plant species that are ...
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Typical in-vivo protein concentration

I am studying RNA-binding proteins involved in RNA granules. I am searching the literature for an order of magnitude of the absolute global concentration in the cytoplasm. Although I am aware this ...
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How to do a whole genome analysis of Multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis

I'm looking for tutorials and software that can help me study whole genome sequence data is and genome wide associations. I have Matlab and Bioconductor R so anything involving those packages would be ...
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How is the reflectance spectrum of solids measured?

I was reading this question about autumn leaf colors. One of the answers refers to an article by Archetti et al. In the article, box 4 (page 5) shows the reflectance spectra of leaves of different ...
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Can concentration of a protein be determined from a gel quantitatively (rough estimation)?

I've got a His-tagged protein in 6M urea, 500 mM imidazole buffer that needs to be quantified before dialysis to ensure there's enough protein worth dialysing. I ran out of my elution buffer which ...
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Does antibody staining / immunolabeling block or inhibit protein function?

In dissociated live cells, does staining them with an antibody block the protein's function? I am sorting cells based on their expression of a few marker genes, and culturing them post-sort for ...
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Why didn't we develop senses that allow us to sense radiation, magnetism or any other thing? [closed]

Excuse me for my naive question. I just watched one of the episodes of Cosmos, and he mentioned about how we developed eyes during the evolutionary process. The argument proceded by arguing that eyes ...
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Why can't we call dog breeds different species?

I understand this question might fall into opinion based, but I'm trying to write it so that it meets the "Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience" part and not ...
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Why does human hair grow and behave differently depending on its location?

Why does human hair behave differently depending on its location? For instance, head hair grows to an indefinite length, but eyebrows maintain a particular length and appearance. Head hair and ...
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What is this plant …?

I would like to know what is this plant ? Does anybody have an idea ? Somebody offered it to me but there is no explanation about how to care about it... Some purple flowers appeared, during 2-3 days....
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negatively charged albumin as major carrier of acidic/negative charged drugs in blood

I reading that orsomucoid (alpha-1-acid glycoprotein) is the major carrier of positively charged (basic) drugs in the blood, while albumin carries negatively charged (acidic) and drugs with neutral ...
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Is a Ginkgo tree a conifer?

I know Ginkgo is a gymnosperm, but I was wondering whether Ginkgo is also technically a conifer. I did a Google search, and found several confident authoritative-sounding answers. Unfortunately, those ...
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Is there any knowledge of physics can be applied in to evolution?

I have asked a similar question in Biology.SE (What physics knowledge can be applied to biology of organisms and ecosystems?), but it just about organisms and ecosystems, not evolution. After watching ...
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What are the requirements for a spectrometer to be used in biological research?

Suppose one would do spectrophotometry on biological materials. What would be the minimum requirements for the measuring device so that the results could be published in a reputable journal? I suppose ...
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How does most of lymph get back into the blood stream? (I don't mean the lymphatic system)

I once read that it was because of osmotic pressure that it returns to the blood stream, by entering the venules. But why? If lymph originated as plasma how come that the solute concentration is ...
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Why do we have more male infant born?

For every 104 male babies,we have 100 female babies and there is a Statistics which is more reliable (we have 997 female infant born per 1000 male infant born). what's the reason? why do we have male ...
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Is this description of etiology of celiac disease correct?

There is a detailed and, to my inexpert eyes, plausible description of the etiology of celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders posted here: http://no-gluten.org/CeliacDisease.htm Is it is at ...
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Double stranded nucleic acids are more 'durable' than single stranded nucleic acids?

I'm struggling with a question I've been asked. "Why is double stranded genetic material more 'durable' than single stranded one?" I know that double stranded genetic material is more stable due to ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having a really low adipocyte count in our times?

The key feature of adipocytes seems to be energy storage. Today humans in Western countries don't have to hunger and have therefore less need to store energy in fat cells. Do adipocytes have ...
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Why is an allele dominant or recessive? [duplicate]

Alleles refer to duplicate genes, where one allele can be dominant over the other. What makes an allele dominant or recessive, given that both code for a single protein?.
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What is the name of this plant? (found in a rock)

I found it in Western Turkey.It was growing on a rock so what's it?
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Retinal eccentricity to colour sensitivity [duplicate]

Colour perception goes out to 50 degrees but is the sensitivity to RGB. Question is it the same in the four quadrants of the retinal field? That is if the red colour sensitivity eg is 30 temporal ...
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What does the gene name “lexA” stand for?

It is an important gene expressed in E. coli that represses the SOS response and also the expression of lambda lytic phase genes. UV light and damage to DNA is responsible for its breakdown and hence ...
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Could the proteome of E. coli be fluorescently labelled?

What proportion of the total number of proteins in E. coli could be fluorescently labelled for PALM/STORM imaging?
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How far can birds see? [closed]

I have heard that birds have exceptional eyesight. How far does this mean they can see? What's the resolution like? Are we talking about just vague shapes or something like, at 100 feet, seeing ...
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If what we eat can be seen in our hair, then to what degree can our food affect the “look and feel” of our hair?

It looks like most things (or everything?) that we consume, whether it is a food, drink, or something we smoke (like e.g. some drug like marijuana) ends up in some amounts in our hair. If this is the ...
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Is there any scientific evidence that a human has ever grown a third set of teeth?

This is about the possibility (or lack thereof) for a person to re-grow a new "permanent tooth" or set of teeth, to replace the teeth that grew after their milk teeth fell out. I had earlier seen ...
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Why do skin and nail go blue in cyanosis?

I have learned that Cyanosis presents with blue skin and nails. What is the reason for the blue coloration of the skin and nails? Why wont the skin and nails turn another color in the visible spectrum ...
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Why doesn't HDL cause diseases like LDL? [duplicate]

LDL particles pose a risk for cardiovascular disease when they invade the endothelium and become oxidized, since the oxidized forms are more easily retained by the proteoglycans. A complex set of ...
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How is oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange mediated by hemoglobin? [closed]

Oxygen is transferred by hemoglobin from the lungs to tissues, while carbon dioxide is transferred by hemoglobin from tissues to lungs. How is this regulated bidirectional transfer mediated?
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Whole genome sequence analysis software

Please help to choose Bioconductor R packages and other software for the whole genome sequence data analysis and, in particlular, the goals of false discovery mutation rate, mutations exclusion, ...
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1answer
81 views

Why is sarcoma more prevalent and common in right heart?

Ewing's sarcoma or Ewing sarcoma is a malignant small, round, blue cell tumor. It is a rare disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or in soft tissue. It is more common in right heart than ...
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Why do men have a higher hematocrit (red blood cell count) than women?

The hematocrit, also known as packed cell volume (PCV) or erythrocyte volume fraction (EVF), is the volume percentage (%) of red blood cells in blood. It is normally 45% for men and 40% for women. so,...
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Why do we experience temperatures below 37 degrees Celsius as 'hot'? [duplicate]

We always prefer to be in 20-25° C, although our core temperature is about 37°? Why is our skin temperature lower than our core temperature?
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Why do flies “rub” their front legs when resting?

I've noted that every time a house fly is resting on a surface, it appears to "rub" or "scrub" its front legs in a repetitive movement. And they do it continuously. Why?
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Can humans live without their right atrium?

The right atrium is one of four chambers (two atria and two ventricles) in the hearts of mammals (including humans) and archosaurs (which include birds and crocodilians). It receives deoxygenated ...
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Why does hair grow after trimming but remains at a constant length after a while?

Some hair especially body hair regrows after trimming but stops growing after a while. What is the mechanism behind control of hair growth and how is the length limit determined?
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Why is the Trendelenburg position used when placing and removing Central Venous Line catheters in the sub-clavian vein?

The title says it all. Why is it that patients are placed in the trendelenburg position when a catheter is inserted in the sub clavian vein? What would happen if the patient wasn't placed in the ...
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Why can blood vessel contraction be described as a second order system?

Suppose that the x-axis represents time, and the y-axis vessel diameter. Then this graph is claimed to roughly describe what happens when the blood pressure increases, then decreases. When the ...
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Chickens roosting, is it sleep or torpor?

At night when they roost, do chickens experience a state of sleep (meaning do they move from NREM1 to NREM2, NREM3 and REM) or are they in a state of torpor (reduced metabolic rate and decreased ...
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Do males of all sexual species have Y chromosomes?

I know for instance some cells are sexual, so, this got me wondering, do the males of all species that have distinct sexes have Y chromosomes?
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Why do we find some things disgusting and others delicious?

For example, why do I love paprika while my girlfriend hates it? Why do I find broccoli disgusting and she adores it? As humans, there are things we'd all agree on being awful, like rotten meat, for ...
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Using perceptual adaptation for enhancing realism of VR/other entertainment

I am quite a fan of the recent oculus rift VR glasses, but it does have several flaws over normal vision, most notably a much less wide field of view, the so-called screen door effect because of too ...
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Chemical reactions at the synapse

For my course project, I am thinking of listing out major chemical reactions that occur at synapses, along with their temporal characteristics. I could not find any textbooks to use as a starting ...
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Hydrogen Peroxide on Open Wounds

I know that H2O2 is a chemical with high oxidative potential. It can deliver nascent oxygen which can destroy bacteria. I understand that open wounds have cells that are dividing at a fast rate to ...

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