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Do non-enzyme catalysed reaction pathways exist?

Can their be a kind of chemical reaction pathway in a cell, that is catalyzed or regulated but NOT necessarily by enzymes? I could not find anything on Google. I have almost no background in biology, ...
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Is cysteine deficiency possible?

Is there such a thing as cysteine deficiency in humans or other mammals? What effects would such a deficiency have? As I understand it, most cysteine for humans comes from dietary sources, though it ...
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Are stem cell lines also kept worldwide like HeLa cells?

There are HeLa cells, which were taken from sick cancer patient and now is growing worldwide in different laboratories for experiments. HeLa cells can be kept because they are immortal and so they are ...
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In human females one X chromosome is inactivated forming Barr Body. Then How exactly Haemophilia is dominant? check description for details

Suppose a female has one X chromosome normal and one chromosome with Haemophilic gene. Now suppose if the X chromosome which is normal is inactivated will the female show haemophilia?
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Do acetyl-CoA, acetyl-CoA carboxylase and acetyl-glutamate carry any charge?

Do the following compounds have any charge? If not, then why? If yes, is there any database that would give me this information if the compound is negatively or positively charged? The compounds are ...
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Are HeLa cells edible?

I'm curious if HeLa cells are intrinsically poisonous or dangerous to ingest. My understanding is that some of the contamination in HeLa cells such as HPVs are not readily expressed. I have no plans ...
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What light conditions facilitate communication between birds with black and white plumage?

I'm studying two populations of birds: Population A and Population B Population A has a small white patch on its neck. Population B has a large white patch on its neck. See attached diagram. It is ...
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What is the difference between influenza A and B viruses that causes their distinct seasonal patterns?

I recently learned from an answer at health.SE* that influenza B tends to occur later in the season compared to influenza A. According to the graph in that answer, during this year’s flu season the ...
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Mammal vs Placental Mammal

So for Google Earth Day's quiz I ended up being a "Pangolin." Turns out I had no idea what it was so I looked into it and honestly it reminded me a lot of an Armadillo. So I decided to find out the ...
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Why don't mammals have more than 4 limbs?

Arthropods have 6 or more limbs and arthropods with 6 limbs appear to move faster than arthropods with 8 limbs so I wonder whether this might have something to do with fast and efficient locomotion. ...
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Help reading gene markers

I'm sorry if "gene markers" is not the correct word. An edit could be appreciated but I don't study in an English speaking country unfortunately. Question overview: In a family, there is a genetic, ...
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Why would cancer cells want to use this downstream Ras pathway to inhibit GSK-3B? [on hold]

GSK-3B causes targeting of B-catenin and cyclin D1 for destruction; therefore, the function of GSK-3B limits cell growth and proliferation. In Ras downstream pathway, activation of PI3K phosphorylates ...
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Evolutionary explanation for women having long hair, wearing jewels, stockings and high heel shoes [on hold]

What would be the evolutionary explanations for women using make up, waring cumbersome clothes, and keeping long hair. Or is it just a cultural convention?
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what is linkage disequilibrium supposed to measure?

During reading about genetics I came across with the term of linkage disequilibrium, and I do not really understand what it supposed to mean. What is linkage disequilibrium? My current understanding ...
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What are the survival limitations of alcohol?

This question was inspired by watching one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies; particularly where Jack Sparrow allegedly survives on a desert island by finding an unlimited supply of rum. I've ...
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Does the body have a gate control for pain

I understand it is not the most accurate source but I recall a House episode where he claimed the body had a control mechanism for pain in which only the most painful thing was felt. Is that true? and ...
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Does the biosphere have infinite resources and are they infinitely renewable?

Does biomass represent all of the resources of the biosphere and therefore it would be theoretically infinitely renewable (as long as we have the sun) since all the biomass is part of the carbon ...
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Why do spiders make their web near the ceiling and near a light source?

Why do spiders make their webs near the ceiling and near light sources ? Is their an advantage for spiders in doing that? For example do they catch more insects when their web is near a light source ...
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Do we instinctially interpret birdsongs as a sign that there are no predators present?

I was outside today thinking how nice it was to hear the birds back from winter when I started thinking about the fact that we like bird song. It makes us happy in a very basic level, the sort of ...
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Help reading chromatogram

A genetic variation is found in this chromatogram: It says that the "reference sequence" is the top line and that I can use the general genetic code to find the reading frame. I can see that there ...
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Immediate stroke/seizure Therapy

Can an oncoming stroke/seizure, be stopped by a setup consisting of a brain-computer-interface (BCI) that immediately detects the variation in wave-form, and then another machine that neutralizes the ...
2
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Why are clementines easier to peel than oranges?

In my experience, clementines have been significantly easier to peel by hand than and orange. The skin of the orange seems to cling to the rest of the orange much more so than the skin of the ...
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blue/white screening - results are opposite as expected

We inserted GFP-gene into plasmid Bluescript SK+, transformed E. coli with this construct, and then plated on an agar plate with Ampicillin and X-gal to do a blue/white screening. We got blue colonies ...
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Questions with respect to a link [on hold]

With respect to this compound: http://www.kegg.jp/dbget-bin/www_bget?C00062 1. Is this a protein? 2. Does this compound have a pH or a pKa value? 3. If it does have a pH value then where can I find ...
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What is the magnification necessary to see pond life

My daughter is 5 and wants to learn about Biology. I thought a great start is to see life from pond water through a USB microscope. It would be great if she could see organisms like amoebas, ...
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Does DNA polymerase always go the same direction?

I read that mutations are more likely to occur on "the strand that DNA polymerase replicates discontinuously". Does DNA polymerase always go replicate the same strand discontinuously, and if so, ...
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What does it mean when a protein has a different excitation spectra than wildtype, but the same emission spectra?

We have a GFP mutant that displays a different excitation spectra with emission at 510nm than the WT. However, their emission profiles with excitation at 490nm are the same, and we do not observe the ...
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Why don't we breathe nitrogen when it makes most of the air?

Why don't we breathe nitrogen while it makes most of the air? Why do we always tend to breathe oxygen, not hydrogen and nitrogen?
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What are the factors on which protein-protein interaction depend? [on hold]

Does protein-protein interaction only happens when one of them is basic and the other acidic? Do protein interactions also depend on the protein structure? Are there more factors?
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GWAS: why is replication in another cohort so crucial?

Almost all the landmark GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Studies) reviews agree that, for a GWAS finding to be valid, it needs to be replicated in an independent cohort. What exactly is the rationale ...
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Why does cracking a joint make noise?

What causes the noise when you crack a joint? Is joint cracking harmful?
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What causes knuckle “popping” and the feeling of relief that comes from it?

Many people like cracking their knuckles. I have always been curious about it. What happens when we crack knuckles? What creates the POP sound? Why do we get a relief-like feeling after doing it?
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Applying kiwis on gelatin

Kiwis have the enzyme actinidain. This enzyme will break the peptide bonds from the gelatin. Making gelatin with raw kiwis will not work, because the peptide bonds in the gelatin will be broken down. ...
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Help me identify this insect

Over the last week or so as warmer weather has arrived, I've noticed small insects crawling around in the bathroom. I'm located in western Europe. They are perhaps 1mm in length, quite difficult to ...
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Book/source for learning bioinformatics, focused on genomics?

Does anyone know of sources for learning bioinformatics, focused on genomics? I would like to learn alot of skills I could apply potently in the workforce if I ever became adept at the fields. My ...
2
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1answer
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“bead” on a string theory of genetics, source?

Thomas Hunt Morgan was a pioneer in genetics and proposed the now false model of genes being "beads" on a string. These beads being indivisible and responsible for a single phenotype, if I understand ...
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OCT-1 transport in Enterocytes

Does Oct-1 transport lactate or any of its products and in which direction (intracellularly to extracellular, the opposite, or inter-nuclear). The literature talks about Oct-1's role in neuronal ...
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Why are pili more common in Gram negative bacteria than in Gram positive?

Although pili have been observed in some species of Gram positive bacteria, the preliminary research that I have done indicates that pili are significantly more common in Gram negative bacteria. Is ...
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Is using Hidden Markov Models to find homologues sensible in abstract, short sequences?

HMM alignment tools like hhpred excel at finding subtle homologues of folded proteins that simpler scoring techniques (such those used in BLAST algorithms) would miss. I am only looking at a small ...
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Why do plants produce so many hybrids as a kingdom?

Why do plants produce so many hybrids? I have read that they are the largest kingdom of organisms to do so. Does this have something to do with polyploidy events?
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Magnetic-activated cell sorting vs. FACS

When sorting cell populations it is possible to use either magnetic-activated cell sorting or fluorescence-activated cell-sorting (FACS). I am wondering when you would choose either technique and what ...
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Current Trend in Evolution of Human Intelligence

Up front, I am specifically not interested in philosophical or ethical considerations re Eugenics and related concepts. In an effort to receive a concise answer I'll post a narrowly defined question ...
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Why *morning walk*?

My PT teachers professes working-out/training in early morning hours is the best time to do so, a quick search on benefits of morning walk (or some similar phrase) reveals a lot of information which ...
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Powdered meal replacement vs regular meal

Can a person live with this alternative nutrition? Of course, assuming that eating pleasure is assumed the same. The nutrients that contain are far better than average meal a person eats the majority ...
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Why can I see a light flicker when it's in my peripheral vision?

When I'm looking at an old CRT monitor or a worn fluorescent lamp, but not directly in the center of my gaze, the light from it seems to flicker. When I focus my gaze onto the monitor or lamp, the ...
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Why do we get tired

At the end of a day full of work, it is general for people that their eyelids start to feel heavy. Laziness takes over and we begin to yawn. We all know that we're tired at that time, but why people ...
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What has caused life to choose this unfathomably tiny subset of all possible proteins?

I wonder why life uses the particular proteins that it does, about 10^6 different proteins, I think? Evolution cannot explain it because the number of possible proteins is far far too large to ever ...
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1answer
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If oxygen deficiency is bad even for a short while, why do people swim?

This may be trivia to many of you. Textbook says the oxygen deficiency, even for a short while can injure our cells. Then why do people go for sports like swimming? (where rhythmic breathing is ...
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Cell energy consumption and food intake

I am wondering if each cell in human body starts consuming ten percent more energy, how much food one has to consume compared to normal intake?
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DNA length and annealing kinetics

I have a mixture plasmids and undesired short linear fragments that share the same sequences. During denaturation and annealing, I would like the plasmids to 'find each other' before annealing to the ...

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