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A question on ImageQuantTL

I am confused about using the ImageQuantTL application as a tool to analyse the Urea Gel. My problem is that I am not sure if the 'shape' for calculation should be the same for all samples (like on ...
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How does the Cuttlefish camouflage itself accurately despite being color-blind?

I have seen/read that the Cuttlefish is able to camouflage itself extremely accurately. I have also seen/read that they are completely color-blind, though see with very high contrast. How does the ...
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Calibration curve for single radial immunodiffusion

When we draw a calibration curve for single radial immunodiffusion, the curve does not pass through origin. Instead, there is a y intercept. Why does that happen ? Shouldn't zero antigen give zero ...
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Can skin become denser?

I heard that after injury or repeated damage bone becomes denser, can skin become denser as well?
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Can (any) human cells learn?

I'm not talking about single celled organisms, but actual cells in your body. Is there any evidence that they can learn to, say, navigate an environment or avoid an aversive stimulus like an animal ...
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Can a heterozygous allele show non-heterozygous expression in a family?

I'm doing a family study looking for novel cancer-associated variants in germ-line samples; the goal is to find candidate biomarkers which might be used for early detection. At an earlier step our ...
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What is the purpose of back-crossing mice for multiple generations?

Occasionally I will come across articles that refer to back-crossing mice of one strain onto the background other another strain (e.g., C57Bl6). They do not explicitly state the purpose for doing so, ...
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Is it possible for neurons themselves to manifest cancerous behavior?

From what I understand, one form of cancer is a faulty gene responsible for the programmed death of a cell. Not long ago, popular wisdom used to say neurons don't regenerate. However that is no ...
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Has any creature ever devolved to be cold blooded? [closed]

Is this even possible? Because I have a non-scientific gut feeling that it is irreversible. Whales and dolphins are evolved from land mammals, and they've remained warm blooded while it doesn't give ...
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Loss of allelic variation per generation of full-sib mating

If we take a male and female, cross them, and collect one son and one daughter to produce the next generation (and continually do this for many generations) - (full-sib mating design) how much genetic ...
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E-value BLAST cut-off

What is the best cut-off for e-value in BLAST? Some say 0.01 ,others 0.0001? Even BLAST tutorials don't give a very clear idea about which cutoff suits which purpose? Could some experts give me a ...
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Why are we carbon-based?

Is that because of evolution? Does it have something to do with its amount in the universe? Carbon compounds form the basis of all known life on Earth, and the carbon-nitrogen cycle provides some of ...
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What Proteins Are Universal To All Life Forms?

According to National Geographic, there are 23 proteins that are common to all life forms: All species in all three domains share 23 universal proteins, though the proteins' DNA ...
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List of Asymmetric Animals

The (male) Fiddler Crab is a famous example of an animal whose morphology exhibits neither mirror nor radial symmetry: (Image source) List of animals featuring external asymmetry is a Wikipedia ...
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First RNA polymerase-mRNA

We know that RNA polymerase produces mRNA by reading DNA strand. Which enzyme produces the first RNA polymerase if other RNA polymerases are synthesized in the same way like other enzymes(proteins) ?
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Essential amino acid codons

Essential amino acids also have codons.Still they are needed by humans through diet?Will those codons do synthesize amino acids for some other purposes in humans or not?If so, what is the purpose?e.g? ...
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How much DNA of Albert Einstein is recoverable?

Since there seem to be five biological descendants of Albert Einstein, and the original chromosomes of him distributed among them ... Is it possible to recover enough DNA of an individual from his ...
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Why aren't animals diverse in phenotype? [duplicate]

I am not comparing a cat with leopard. I am just saying that we humans are all one type of creature and we are diverse (I am not saying we are class of mammals and phylum of etc and kingdom etc, ...
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Are all mutagens carcinogens?

Not all carcinogens are mutagens. Alcohol and estrogen, for example, does not damage DNA. It's one of the assumptions of the Ames test that mutagenicity implies carcinogenicity, but is this always ...
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Weinman AIF and High temporal resolution AIF difference

I'm dealing with MRI DCE maps. Actually I need to find such parameters as the transfer constant $K^{trans}$ and rate constant $k^{ep}$ according to the two-compartment model. Mathematically, this ...
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236 views

Software to calculate Fst from sequence data

I'm looking for a software to calculate Fst from 3 loci DNA data of individuals from a metapopulation. I don't have any prior on the population structure (have no idea of the number of subpopulations ...
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What does irregular heartbeat mean in simple language?

I bought a blood pressure monitor (A&D UA-851) which has the option to measure irregular heartbeat. I do understand what 'irregular' means, but why do irregular heartbeats happen and what are ...
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Can human change its morphology or anatomy due to ecological changes?

According to Charles Darwin, as the surrounding environment changes, so changes the anatomy or morphology of a specific organism. But nowadays, humans have become very advanced in the technology and ...
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Useful physical information of a protein

Beside energy and heat, I don't know any useful physical information of a protein. Can you help me list some of it. Somethings like Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy to provide protein structure ...
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Biosphere that simulates sun and moon shifts

Is there an enclosed biosphere that artificially simulates the movement of the sun and moon at increased intervals? It is known that the sun and moon alter plant movements therefore I was wondering ...
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Simple experimental design of a chemostat without pumps

A chemostat is a device to maintain a cell culture in equilibrium, by continually pumping nutrients in and pumping excess cells and nutrients out. What's the simplest design of a chemostat one can ...
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Senescence, immortality and evolution?

Many have heard about the fabled "immortal" jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii, which doesn't die from aging (senescence) and can revert the aging process indefinitely. It is rather remarkable that only ...
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What causes headaches (biologically)? What does it mean directly? [closed]

Even though your brain can't feel pain, thingies in your head are installed to compensate for that. Once I thought your head starts to hurt when your brain is tired. I can't believe this any more. ...
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How can Taenia solium (tapeworm) lay 35,000 eggs per proglottid?

As far as I know TAENIA SOLIUM is an acoelomate which basically means that the space between the alimentary canal and the gut is completely filled [or] occupied by the mesoderm and they do not have ...
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what is the margarine metabolism in our body?

margarine is commonly used food ingredients that contribute to both inflammation and obesity , but actually I want to know the margarine metabolism in the human body I can find some resources talk ...
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Why does max heart rate decrease with age?

I have heard that max heart rate declines steadily with age, and can be approximated by the equation Max Rate = 220 - Age. What is the physiological reason for this decline, and how is it ...
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Which of the following demonstrates the pattern of development in Greylag Geese?

Which of the following demonstrates the pattern of development in Greylag Geese? {Please give specific answers, which among the following gives the best available demonstration?, If needed, have a ...
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What Aquatic Mammal has no Tail?

Found in a waterway in Butte County, CA. First thought it was a beaver kit, but it has no tail. What aquatic mammal has no tail?
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Is it possible to get infected with HIV from old blood?

Let's say that someone uses a needle which has some old blood infected with HIV. In this case, is it possible for them to get infected with HIV?
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On evolution statistics [closed]

This basic evolution theory question has been haunting me since childhood and I'm kind of embarrassed that I can't explain it yet: Consider a butterfly. It's wings have evolved to look like the eyes ...
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can psychology of a person alter his immune system and health?

I just want to know that can psychology of a moderate aged person alter his immune health? because I have read many a times about the different types of linkages between nervous system and immune ...
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Is there an 'anti-virus'?

A virus spreads around and usually attaches itself to the host, multiplies & causes diseases. But is there something like an anti-virus? A single celled entity that does the opposite: spreads ...
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What's the smallest organism that can produce voice? [closed]

What's the smallest organism (animal, insect, or any living creature) that can produce voice. And not just make sound, but has an organ to specifically to create sound, like how us mamals have vocal ...
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622 views

How do some plants grow in salt water, while others die?

My question is basically out of curiosity and comes from observing how certain plants (such as mangroves or salt cedar) can grow in seawater. If this gives the plant an advantage, why haven't all ...
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116 views

What is the smallest known organism with a skeleton? [closed]

See question title. After doing some looking around on my own I haven't found much so I figured I'd ask some experts.
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Which organs do cats not eat on their prey?

My female cat is a very active hunter and brings me her prey daily. Except for shrews and birds, she always eats them entirely. This afternoon she brought me this: It was quite large (maybe ...
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How can cells produce antibodies despite error-checking mechanisms in their genomes?

How can immune cells produce so many different kinds of antibodies with different variable regions if there are so many mechanisms inside the cells that try to keep the DNA sequence as constant as ...
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How to find a PDB structure of a protease with a peptide like inhibitor

I wonder how, for purposes of just illustrating some concepts like substrate alignment in the catalytic triad active site, I can quickly and efficiently find a protease structure (irrelevant of what ...
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Are there critical points in ecosystems?

Some days ago, I was thinking (partially) about the complex balance that is needed for an ecosystem to exist. I got curious about the existence of some sort of critical point, something - that when ...
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3answers
164 views

What are good sources of free-to-use images and diagrams

I am looking for good image repositories for biology teaching. Photos and textbook-like diagrams. I am interested in images that can be used commercially without payment, or, at least, that require ...
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1answer
281 views

Ribosomal Turing Machines, DNA/RNA computation

I'm a computer science guy, recently crossing over to do some research in computational biology on RNA secondary structure prediction. While looking through the materials I got a crazy idea, what if ...
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Are small CO₂ concentrations devastating to certain cognitive tasks?

A new study shows strong effects of what should be a negligible CO2 concentration. The paper "Is CO2 an Indoor Pollutant? Direct Effects of Low-to-Moderate CO2 Concentrations on Human Decision-Making ...
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Carbon Monoxide and High-Oxygen-Affinity Varieties of Hemoglobin

I recently learned about the concept of "affinity" in regards to hemoglobin. For hemoglobin in humans, carbon dioxide has a lower affinity than oxygen, which allows gas exchange to occur in our lungs. ...
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Is epimysium same as fascia?

I have read that epimysium is dense regular connective tissue made covering the a muscle like bicep brachi. at the same time we have fascia that is made of dense regular tissue and covers muscles. so ...
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Which part of human eyes is getting tired?

It's a thing of common sense that if you read, drive or look at computer screen for too long your eyes will get tired. They burn, itch and try to close all the time. But I was wondering which part(s) ...

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