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Does drinking coffee have negative effects?

From what I collected, coffee is a magical potion that lets you feel energetic, and essentially not-sleepy. But are there any tradeoffs? I mean, if it was so beneficial, wouldn't the human body ...
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Does the Heart Require Gold?

I distinctly remember an episode of NOVA from the early 1980’s that concerned itself with gold. One of the points that was made was that there are trace amounts of gold in the human body, ...
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“Acellular” designation for organisms

Why do some biologists refer to single-celled organisms such as Amoeba and Paramecium as acellular (i.e., without cells) rather than unicellular (i.e., one cell)?
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How does the NAD+/NADH ratio affect lifespan in vertebrates?

Here's the proximate physical implication of the ratio (from the Wikipedia article on NADH). The balance between the oxidized and reduced forms of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is called the ...
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How do I prepare a PDB for submission to the Protein Data Bank?

I have a couple structures that are nearly ready to be deposited in the PDB. Out of curiosity, I ran them through the ADIT's precheck tool and they failed with one error after another, as I lacked ...
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Do diurnal birds of prey recognize each other by their appearance?

Just what the title states. I recognize people around me by their facial appearance to begin with, then by their little idiosyncracies; this applies perhaps to most other humans too. We rely pretty ...
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Do goldfish really have a 5 second memory span?

I heard that when people place goldfish in another tank, they just forget where they where previously? True or False ?
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What gives things their colour?

My 6 year old daughter asked me 2 biology-related questions yesterday and I tried my best to answer them with the aid of YouTube videos. One of the questions (I may post the other one too) was ...
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What are the biochemical processes occurring when food spoils?

Let's assume for a minute that microbes themselves and their direct toxic products (i.e. endotoxins) aren't toxic to humans. Let's also discount any innate immune responses the body mounts against the ...
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Do all mushrooms have the same multicellular ancestor?

Do all mushrooms have the same multicellular ancestor? Did that ancestor feature common mushroom elements such as cap, stem, sporofore, vulva, bulb, etc.
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Can a plant be induced to accelerate transpiration?

Just what the title states. I wonder whether it is possible to fire a chemical switch - sort-of like injecting adrenaline in a human, to accelerate a particular process in a plant. For example, ...
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At what substrate concentration will an enzyme work at 40% of its maximum rate if its Km = 0.095M?

The question involves the Michaelis-Menten kinetics equation. Here is what I did: I took the Michaelis-Menten equation, replaced v with 0.4Vmax, canceled the Vmaxes (one on each side), and solved ...
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What type of biome is this?

There is a region that gets about 812mm of precipitation and is mildly hot all year long. I believe this region is a tropical savanna, but I'm not 100% sure. Is this correct?
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Ramifications and possibility of a diet consuming exclusively of human semen

Semen is a thick, nutritious liquid, rich in vitamins (such as C, B12), amino acids, lipids, monosaccharides (fructose), et cetera. Can semen's ability to fulfill the needs of human organism provide ...
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DNA as an acid? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does DNA react in all of the ways most other acids do? Even if DNA is made up of nucleotide bases, it is said to be an acid. Why is this?
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Do cows produce milk excessively?

Do cows produce more milk than it is required for their calves? It seems like cows are able to provide milk all the time (all year around). Is it so? Or do they, like other mammals, produce milk only ...
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Ammonium sulphate precipitation assay pH dependence

In general does the pH effect the precipitation, e.g. would a pH of 6 cause less precipitation than pH 7.5. Or are they unrelated?
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Where are -HCl supplements absorbed in the human digestive system?

I see that quite a lot of drugs and dietary supplements sold in the USA have -HCl(hydrochloride) added to their name. For example pyridoxine hydrochloride for Vitamin B6. I'm interested in knowing ...
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If proteins have an overall charge, how do membrane proteins traverse through the hydrophobic region of the plasma membrane?

These two concepts seem almost contradictory, proteins have a net negative charge due to the amino acids in them each having a small negative charge, yet membrane proteins are able to exist traversing ...
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Multi-nucleated cells: advantages and examples?

This question arises because I saw that monocytes and leukocytes are commonly called 'mononuclear cells' in the scientific literature. The implication of course being that other immune sub-types are ...
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When does BLAST fail to align 2 DNA sequences?

This is an assignment that had confused me for a long time. So I think you guys who study computational biology might be interested. The original question is: Find the two most similar DNA ...
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Why do the feet of the Gecko Lizard not stick to Teflon surfaces?

I have noticed that lizards feet can stick to walls but not to Teflon surfaces? Why is that?
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What protocol does the nervous system use?

I just read How does an inhibitory synapse communicate to the cell body of a neuron? and found myself asking this question ... hopefully I'm not asking the same thing Any body possessed of a nervous ...
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Can visual acuity be improved?

Is it possible to completely cure myopia using natural methods (i.e. not with Lasik etc.)?. I have seen websites claiming that exercising the eyes will help improve eyesight. Is this true?
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Organize sequence database [closed]

I recently took up the task of organizing the sequencing database for a research project. I am still quite unsure of which database type I should use for this. Some advices/recommendations would be ...
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Biology view on trait variability

In reading the annotated Origin... I have come to the following note by Costa on p. 168: Again, modern biologists would disagree with Darwin's idea that especially well-developed traits vary to a ...
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Is it possible to still grow taller after grow plates have been closed?

In addition, when do we know we stop growing taller? Or we keep growing taller? To the first question: Recently, I went to a doctor to have a check up, he said that my growth plates are closed and ...
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Does DNA react in all of the ways most other acids do?

As I understand it from my basic chemistry, there are some fundamental reactions that exist between any acid and other substances for example acid-base reactions that form a salt, and the existence of ...
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Why is offspring of identical twins not identical?

When identical twins marry identical twins, the children of the couples will be full genetic siblings but why are they not genetically identical?
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Average number of gene products in (a) eukaryote(s)

Due to alternative RNA splicing, it isn't uncommon to ultimately find multiple gene products expressed from one gene in eukaryotes. I'm looking for a reference value for the average number of final ...
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Use of amino-acid sequences versus use of nucleotide sequences in phylogenetic analysis

Reading a paper about gene evolution, I see that they do phylogenetic analysis for bacteria using protein sequences. They take the method from another paper. I can suspect that amino-acid sequences ...
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Preserved alpha complementation over evolutionary time?

Has the result of alpha-complementation ever happened via mutation through evolutionary time, and been preserved in modern day organisms? In other words, has a functional gene product ever been split ...
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What is an organism?

The definition of an organism Wikipedia gives is An organism is any contiguous living system. I understand that these are not organisms according to this definition: A bird and a tree it's ...
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Experimental techniques to measure protein-protein and protein-ligand structure and dynamics

We would like to compare our simulation results with experimentation. When one wants to follow experimentally the dynamics (and possibly structure) of protein-protein or protein-ligand docking ...
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What's the name of this bird?

This morning I saw a bird that I have never seen before. Since it was quite big, I'm very interested in knowing its name. The bird was quite big, at least 2-3 times of a common blackbird. The wings ...
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Can epigenetic changes affect reproductive success?

This is prompted by niallhaslam's answer to this question [Since Darwinian times, has there been any striking/notable effects of evolution on humans?]. A comment by Alan Boyd asks whether epigenetic ...
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Is there an evolutionary reason for the 5 electron transport complexes in plants and animals?

The electron transport chains of both the light reactions of photosynthesis (in plants) and oxidative phosphorylation (in animals) both contain 5 complexes including ATP synthase, as shown below. ...
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Is it more likely that the very first living organisms had a linear genome?

Is it right to assume that the first living organisms on earth had a linear genome? I base this on the fact that linear macromolecules are clearly much more common in nature that circular ones. To be ...
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Since Darwinian times, has there been any striking/notable effects of evolution on humans?

I understand that evolution is constant process that acts on a population in successive generations. Thus, it is obvious that evolution is happening. However, I'm curious as to the stricking examples ...
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Tubing connector identification request

this may not be on topic but I'm hoping someone here can tell me the name/manufacturer of the connectors used with the thin teflon tubing in this picture:
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What is the title of Darwin's paper on cellular structure?

I read somewhere that Darwin wrote a paper that dealt with cellular structure, but I've been unable to find the title or contents of the paper because Darwin wrote such a volume of material. What is ...
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Is it possible to increase lifespan through controlled evolution?

A few years back when I was reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, there's this short passage where he theorizes about a way to achieve an increased lifespan through controlled evolution. The ...
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Adipocyte Density

People who are overweight and wish to lose weight, often do so because they are concerned about looking too big. Their increased size is attributed to an increased volume of fat. When people try to ...
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Translate DNA to Protein

Assuming the sequence shown is read left to right, what is the sequence of the protein produced? sequence: 5’-ATGTACTTCCATCTGGAATAG-3’ MY ATTEMPT: I know RNA is synthesized 5 to 3. This is ...
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Similarities Between Cells?

Which of the following are usually identical between a lung cell and a brain cell, from the same person, assuming that they are normal (non-cancerous) cells? Circle your choice(s). ...
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Which way to run BLAST?

I have a set of scaffolds from a genome assembly, and I want to align a collection of proteins from various species to it. I can do this using BLAST in two ways: Create a BLAST database of the ...
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How are there multiple varieties of the potato?

The potato appears to propagate by growing an 'eye'/'bud' which eventually grows into a new plant. So there would probably be single representative of the potato species in the world with all others ...
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How do cells “know” what “type” to differentiate into?

I have been reading about Townes and Holtfreter's work in 1955, in which cells are dissociated from a blastocyst in an alkaline solution then mixed together and spontaneously reaggregates based on ...
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Is trembling an advantageous response during periods of anxiety?

I originally had planned to ask about whether there was any biological truth in the popular phrase "shivering with fright". However, after doing a fair bit of googling it seems that there is a lot ...
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methods for targetted deletion of genomic regions?

I would like to know what are currently used methods for targeted deletion of genomic regions in mammalian organisms or cell lines. I have heard of Zinc-Finger nucleases as a recent genetic ...

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