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HIV and effectiveness of inhibitor cocktail over single inhibitor

I'm looking for clarification on the answer to this question. It's in my biochemistry class but I figured this is more Biology than Chemistry, so I'm asking it here. The question is: One of the ...
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1answer
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Forum on synthetic biology and hypothetical biology?

I am interested in synthetic biology, but not a scientist, and would like some advice on where to look for an online forum on synthetic biology and creating fictional species and animals or if someone ...
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Shortest strings not present in the human genome

What length are the shortest strings of DNA not present in any known person's genome, and what are they? And is there a database online by which I could find this out?
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Can “human exclusion zones” in national parks for preserving Wolves and Grizzlies be a good idea?

There are National Preserves in the National Parks where some human activities are permitted. But can it make sense to create "exclusion zones" so no human would be permitted in a certain area, not ...
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How reactive are reduced antioxidant molecules?

When antioxidant molecules stabilize free radicals, they themselves become unstable and reactive but to a lesser degree. How reactive are these reduced antioxidant molecules? And what substance ...
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Why is cold water more refreshing than warm water?

Obviously, the temperature of water does not affect its chemical composition. At least not in the ranges we are likely to drink it in. Yet it is clearly far more pleasant and refreshing to drink cool ...
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Why are the largest land/air animals today smaller than in the Mesozoic?

The largest dinosaurs and pterosaurs seem to have been much larger than the largest animal terrestrial/avian species since. Was the Mesozoic somehow more hospitable to large animal species than ...
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Burning fat transferred from one part of the body to another

While doing some research on cosmetic surgery, I discovered that there are several ways of doing breast enhancements, one of which was using body fat. While I haven't researched this method, I assume ...
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1answer
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Why do I feel funny in my tummy when riding a virtual roller coaster?

I've ridden a virtual roller coaster on an Oculus Rift. I felt tension as I went up to the top, but more interestingly I actually felt my stomach drop when I went down the steep drop on the other ...
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1answer
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Is there any research paper which identifies left and right brained behavior?

There are many web puzzle to identify, but does it really have any scientific proof? something like - http://braintest.sommer-sommer.com/en/ any logic behind it?
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adaptive and innate immunity [on hold]

Adaptive immunity has evolved in vertebrates but they have also retained innate immunity.What would be the disadvantages of having only an adaptive immune system?how possession of both types of ...
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Molecular Cloning- Blunt end restriction endonucleases

I work in a microbiology lab where we do a lot of cloning. I have always used restriction endonucleases to cleave the DNA to have sticky ends and not blunt ends. I currently am working on a project ...
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A history of infectious diseases [closed]

So I'm thinking about the Ebola outbreak. I'm wondering is this something that can be contained? Will this disease ultimately become a pandemic without a vaccine becoming available? The response I'm ...
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Alkaline Phosphatase

What is the predominant purpose of Alkaline Phosphatase in skeletal muscle fibers and liver cells. I know that it is a hydrolase enzyme that speeds up the degredation of proteins, lipids, starch and ...
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1answer
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Do the phage repressors CI and Mnt exhibit crosstalk?

I am interested in using the CI and Mnt proteins as well as their respective promoters (pR and Pmnt) within the same synthetic system, but am concerned as to their similarity and potential crosstalk. ...
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Artificial Gene Alteration [on hold]

Is artificial alteration/"correction" of genes conceivable? I know viruses can manipulate DNA or RNA to replicate itself, but its only temporary, right? If this were possible, how would it be gone ...
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1answer
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Where do migratory birds go when it rains?

I was reading a comic from XKCD which inspired me to ask this question: "well, where do they go when it rains?" I know that when it rains you usually don't see any birds flying through the sky. I ...
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Does using fertiliser reduce the energy required for active transport in plants, for the ion in question

Apologies if this belongs in the chemistry stack exchange. I was just wondering if it did, as carrier proteins require energy to get a particular ion into the plant.But does it take more energy in ...
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25 views

Absorption of foreign bodies through the alveoli [on hold]

What is the maximum size of a substance which can pass into the body through the alveoli?
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What could cause hairs to gray at the tips but not the roots?

I have noticed that some of my sporadic gray hairs are gray at the tip side but oddly, not near the roots. Some are even only gray in the middle. I find all of this very counter intuitive, and I ...
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Are there any scientifically based predictions or theories of future human evolution?

Reading this question of the stack exchange got me thinking. I believe human evolution is an ongoing process and will not stop. Are there any predictions/theories about the phenotypes and genotypes of ...
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1answer
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Are there any strictly chloroplast/mitochondrion-residing ribozymes?

A simple question that had occurred to me. Considering the small doubt of transcribed genes in both organelles, I would doubt it, but are there any known ribozymes strictly found in either ...
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1answer
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Is there a maximum size for an insect?

I have read in biology text-books that one of the most important constraints on the size of an insect happens to be the importance of the surface-volume ratio. It simply states that if we assume ...
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0answers
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Dead skin cell decomposition

What would be the resultant by-products of a completely decomposed dead skin cell? What would be the size of each of the by-products of a decomposed dead skin cell? How long would it take for a dead ...
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1answer
15 views

What is the difference between the basal membrane and the basal lamina?

I'm researching about the basal lamina in lung tissue and I'm not sure if the basal membrane is the same. What is the difference between them?
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1answer
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Pollinator mating system in orchids

I came across three terms in an article on pseudocopulation. However I don't quite understand what it means. They are: 1) solitary and haplodiploid 2) social and haplodiploid 3) diploid These ...
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1answer
29 views

How can I compare the STRIDE and DSSP output files of a particular pdb file?

I have the pdb file of H-ras protein 5P21.pdb. I am supposed to compare the output of DSSP and STRIDE files after feeding this pdb file to respective servers. My question is how to make a quick ...
2
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1answer
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Is the activity of enzymes in the human body affected by the outer temperature?

I have to do a research about the enzymes in the human body and the things that affect them. I know that the body temperature affects the activity of enzyemes but I'd like to know if the outer ...
2
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1answer
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Why is the vermis of the cerebellum associated with speech?

I've found multiple sources claiming that damage or impairment as a result of alcohol to the vermis of the cerebellum results in speech impairment. I find this a bit surprising, since the only areas I ...
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0answers
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Why do fungi need water? [on hold]

I have an assignment in which I have to explain why fungi need water, air, sunlight temperature and food. If plants soak up water from their roots, do fungi do the same thing? If so, what do they use ...
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2answers
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Are triglycerides fat?

I have a quick question: Are triglycerides essentially what we call "fats"? I've tried reading up on it but there seems to be some conflicting information. Thank you.
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1answer
16 views

Help me understand my membrane potential assignment

Epithelial with the ability to transport NaCl is bathed in an isotonic salt solution with these values (in mM): 136 Na, 6 K, 140 Cl. The intracellular concentrations are: 45 Na, 100 K, 13 Cl. The ...
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0answers
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Hill's function for translational regulation

Transcriptional regulation is generally modeled as a Hill's function (similar to Michaelis-Menten Kinetics): $$\frac{dm_X}{dt}=\alpha _{m_X}.\frac{R}{K+R} -\beta _{m_X}.m_X$$ Where $m_X$ is the mRNA ...
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Which organs in the body are responsible for measuring temperature?

As an instrumentation engineer, I have designed temperature control systems capable of measuring and controlling temperature with a precision of 0.001K over a wide temperature range. I have always ...
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Does dendrite have Na/K electrical channels?

Does dendrite have Na/K electrical channels if not so how can we sense the touche/pain/scald in our skin because we learned that Na/K electrical channels are present only in nerve fibers (axon).In ...
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Accelerated tree growth [on hold]

Can someone explain to me the growth of a redwood tree after it is cut just above the ground, if that happens at all? Also if it does, what would it look like during an exponential growth spurt, but ...
3
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1answer
479 views

How do you increase eumelanin but not pheomelanin?

Are Scientists currently looking into this?
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What determines the thickness of Cornea?

In eye-operations such as Lasik and Femto, the thickness of cornea is key decision factor whether the operation is feasible. A normal thickness is between 500-600 µm. Cornea consists of a very special ...
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1answer
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Vaccination and population dynamics of an epidemic

I'm trying to figure out how should a vaccination model be built to correlate with population density, and I'm having problems to understand meanings of the results I receive when I apply theory on ...
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1answer
288 views

How to convert nanogram to picomole? [closed]

I have lets say 10ng/uL of RNA. How can I convert it to picomole? I need it to calculate how much magnetic beads I need. This is the product: ...
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Eukaryotes and Genetic Modification [on hold]

Assuming endosymbiotic hypothesis on Mitochondria evolution, is it feasible that humans could Genetically modify ourselves ... As far as it comes to a cell producing Mitochondria, are they present in ...
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0answers
31 views

Clustal X command-line version [on hold]

I downloaded a precompiled executables CLUSTAL software from http://www.clustal.org/clustal2/. When a .dmg file was downloaded, I tried clicking it but then it pops up: ...
2
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1answer
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What is the mechanism of reflex arcs?

When a reflex arc occurs the signal from the receptor passes straight to the motor neuron instead of being passed onto the brain. This is a rather simplistic explanation, I was hoping to make it more ...
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How does high-fidelity of DNA replication depend on the formation of hydrogen bonds?

Replication has an error rate of less than 1 in 100 million. DNA polymerase forms H-bond with the H-bond acceptor atoms in the minor groove. <-- enhance fidelity here? Binding of the triphosphate ...
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2answers
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poor RNA quality from zebrafish embryos

Does anyone routinely do RNA isolation from zebrafish embryos? I have embryos from different stages but all below 24hpf. This is the protocol I follow: Take 10-20 embryos Wash once with milliQ ...
4
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1answer
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How fast cancer cells divide, compared to normal cells

This question suggests that we have, on average, 50-70 billion cell divisions per day. I just read that cancer cells divide more often (therefore more prone to radiation). I am wondering, for a ...
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1answer
47 views

Any relevant knowledge/studies about voluntary goose bumps

I'm not entirely sure how normal this is, but since I was a child, I've been able to produce myself voluntarily a "chill" sensation that seems to start on my head and traverse the rest of my body, ...
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1answer
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What is the name of the critter depicted in the attached image?

I found a critter on my bathroom towel. It's really tiny. Maybe 2 milimetres? I placed it on an envelope for the photograph. Can someone identify what it is?
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Why do we need red blood cells?

From what I know, the main function of red blood cells is hemoglobin transport. So, why do we need cells packed with hemoglobin: why can't it travel freely in the bloodstream? My own thoughts were: ...
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1answer
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Lateral corticospinal tract and termination

I'm studying the motor pathways of the brain and I'm a bit confused about how the lateral corticospinal tract descends. From Neuroanatomy: Text and Atlas by ...

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