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If a drug exists or could exist that eliminates human emotion, what would be its mechanism of action? [closed]

Fictional drugs like Prozium reduce or entirely eliminate human emotions. If such drugs could exist, what mechanism of action would they likely use? Indeed - excluding Prozium's magical lack of ...
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What (if anything) about tuberculosis makes producing a highly effective vaccine difficult?

What about tuberculosis makes it difficult to produce a safe vaccine that is effective at producing an immunogenic response in >99% of individuals against all strains of the bacteria? I am aware of ...
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Why is it better to drink room temperature water instead of cold water?

My teacher told me that drinking water that is room temperature is better for you then drinking cold water, but she did not tell me why that is. I want to know because I often drink cold water (with ...
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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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How easy is it to detect most vitamins' concentration from a handheld device? [closed]

How easy is it to detect most vitamins' concentration from a handheld device? I am wondering why didn't something like that get created yet? Do tests to detect vitamins differ significantly from one ...
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Dog with failing vision - how can we help [migrated]

Our border collie is getting old. Her eyes are beginning to fail and there are clear signs of cataracts. She seems to sometimes feel stressed when she encounters stripes of contrasting colours. ...
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Are some facial features more important than others in human facial recognition?

I'm often surprised by the human ability to correctly identify other individuals despite significant modifications due to ageing, hairstyle, injury etc. But, sometimes the addition of a beard and a ...
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about diffusion equation [closed]

consider the heat equation $u_t=a(t)u_{xx}+f(x,t)$, $0<x<L$, $0<t<T$ subject to the initial condition $u(x,0)=g(x)$ and boundary conditions $u(1,t)=0,$ $u_x(0,t)+hu(0,t)=0$ where ...
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What insect is this on the photos?

What insect is this on these photos? Found in Russia in the living room.
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Why is the ebola virus so intense now?

So i'm looking into the ebola crisis and it seems the death toll is really getting crazy. I understand that it's a cytomegalovirus and that it basically overwhelms the immune system due to it's size ...
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Can inverted microscope also be phase contrast microscope?

I've read somewhere that inverted microscope also allows phase contrast microscopy. Is that true? Do all inverted microscope have this ability? Do they have any other functions? Many thanks in ...
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Is the brain functionally symmetrical?

I understand that each half of the human brain handles different parts of our thinking. Left brain, right brain, that whole topic. But in pictures, the brain is always depicted as having symmetrical ...
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How isolated are different areas of the brain?

I'm interested in understanding how isolated different parts of the brain are from each-other. I'm trying to understand the way that different sections of the brain work together. More specifically, ...
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Why is coconut oil healthier when it has so much saturated fat?

I noticed that coconut oil has ~96% saturated fat, and I was under the assumption that saturated fats = bad for health. Why is it that coconut oil is healthier to alternatives with much less ...
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How can ingesting a prion “infect” someone?

That's something that's been bugging me for a while... Our gastrointestinal tract produces proteases that degrade proteins. Prions are proteins. Shouldn't they be broken by proteases? Also, how can ...
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Can sealed epiphyseal growth plates theoretically be restored via epigenetic or genetic methods?

I know that epiphyseal growth plates seal up once people become young adults and that it is currently impossible to restore them to actively produce new bone growth but, is it theoretically possible ...
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How does the brain avoid feedback loops?

The article Ants Swarm Like Brains Think really helped me to understand the way that neurons which are pretty dumb on their own (like ants) can work together to create a pretty genius system (a brain ...
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Can connections between neurons be weakened?

Connections between neurons are said (by Wikipedia) to be strengthened as part of learning - can they also be weakened (below the original level)? I understand the concept of the connections ...
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How does being Rh positive lead to terminated pregnancies? [closed]

Hi my name is Daniella I am Rh positive and I was told by my doctors that this may be a reason for miscarrying in two pregnancies. How does being Rh positive affect pregnancy, and how would treatment ...
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Gene duplication and subfunctionalization

I’ve been intrigued by gene duplication and want to learn more about it. I’ve read the following from here: several studies suggest that the proportion of duplicated genes retained in ...
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Gibson assembly - primer design with A and T rich regions

I have question about Gibson assembly. I have done it several times and it always worked okay for us, but now I want to assemble together a fragment which has sequence like this: ...
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Are there multicellular isogamous species?

Are there multicellular isogamous species? Seeking through the examples of wikipedia I would tend to think that there are no multicellular isogamous species.
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Ancestral states of sex determination system

Most (maybe all?) species that reproduce sexually have either genders (anisogamy) or mating types (isogamy). There exist today many different type of sexual determination system. There is a whole ...
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What is most ancestral: isogamy or anisogamy?

Sexual reproduction can be feasible with anisogamy (gametes of different sizes i.e. genders) or isogamy (gametes of same size i.e. mating types) or with undifferentiated gametes (i.e. true random ...
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What is frank dehydration?

On Wikipedia article about Urine specific gravity we can read: A specific gravity greater than 1.035 is consistent with frank dehydration. What is frank dehydration? How it is different than ...
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Is Canine teeth enough evidence to prove that one is a Carnivore?

This question does not assume that we are meant to be carnivores in the first place; In fact I have no idea to which category we belong to anyway! There are several posts online indicating that ...
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Cellulase Assay [closed]

I'm doing an investigation on the effect of temperature on cellulase. I have done a cellulase assay twice and it has been a failure both times. Can anyone recommend an assay that will only take ...
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Are memories lateralized? [closed]

The left and the right hemispheres of the brain do not have perfectly symmetric functionality. For example, the left frontal lobe in most people processes language production whereas the right frontal ...
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Best method to culture lung fibroblasts?

I am just looking for the best method to culture human lung fibroblast from a needle biopsy?
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how far are SNP's and miRNA related [closed]

Recent findings indicate that SNPs could create, destroy, or modify the efficiency of miRNA binding to the 3'UTR of a gene, resulting in gene dysregulation. How well can we establish a relationship ...
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Does adding antibiotic after 5-10 mins of innoculation affect the protein yield or growth?

I've asked a lab colleague the same question. She said, it would loosen the bacterial cells in the LB medium and plasmids would come out. Is that true? and why?
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Localization of Protein Kinase-A

Is protein kinase-A located in the cytosol/cytoplasm of cells or in the plasma membrane? Also, is it considered a receptor molecule since it is dependent on cAMP? Any and all help is appreciated. ...
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Related to mood disorders and research? [closed]

I would like to get a direction on research topics related to mood disorders. Any suggestions on important papers related to it will be very helpful. Also I would like to know the current trends in ...
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True or False: Vaccines are designed to protect against invaders that are encountered rarely, not all the time

I read the following statement in this article: Vaccines are designed to protect against invaders that are encountered rarely - not all the time Is it true? If yes, why?
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Laboratory question about meosis dye [closed]

We are doing the meosis lab in intro bio course. Here are two post lab questions that I couldn't figure them out! In mitosis lab, under the microscope, the toluidine blue appeared as dots inside the ...
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Man's Organ and Woman [closed]

Why did G-d make that the penis which the urine comes out of is the same organ that releases semen when one has sex with his marriage partner? Why is that when a man sees an attractive woman his ...
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Is death considered an acquired trait? [closed]

Is death considered an acquired trait? It's an attribute that living things can obtain after birth. So, wouldn't that mean that it is?
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Is it possible for a child to grow taller than their tallest parent?

I have heard that off spring can't grow taller than either of their parents but I've also heard that sometimes some gene activation can skip generations. Is it possible for a child to grow taller than ...
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How do colds and flu not infinitely recur?

I'm in my third week of university, and a large number of people I know, including myself, still have "fresher's flu", which is probably just a cold and a cough. My lectures are constantly punctuated ...
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What would happen if there were no SOX9 in an XY human?

Would testes be produced? If SRY is functional, can it produce other proteins that can direct the production of testes, which may or may not be sterile?
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Why are there no animals with a length greater than 30-40 meters or with a mass greater than 200 tonnes?

The biggest and heaviest aquatic animal is the blue whale: 30 meters long and a mass of 200 tonnes. The biggest and heaviest terrestrial animal was a Sauropod (plant-eating, long-necked dinosaur): 40 ...
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Is the innate immune system capable of identifying all foreign antigens?

I've been studying immunology on my own lately and I would like to know if the macrophages and the other components of the innate immune system are capable of identifying all foreign antigens. As far ...
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If 30 flies get trapped between shutters and a glass window (in the dark), for how many days can they survive? [closed]

So today I closed the shutters, and surprise: 30 flies are trapped between the shutters and the glass window... So my question is: for how many days will they be able to survive, trapped, with no ...
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What is the result of meiosis?

Is the result of meiosis ONLY the sex gametes (male and female) which later meet to form a somatic cell? Sometimes I feel as if my book is hinting towards meiosis is the process where sperm cells meet ...
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Effects of selection on effective population size

Background The effective population size ($N_e$) is a central concept of evolutionary biology and is influenced by several parameters. For example: sex ratio bias affects $N_e$ $\left(N_e = ...
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Should my colleague be worried about having a black dot under his skin? [closed]

My colleague recently (three to four days ago) received a paper cut from some paper that had been lying round in a high school biology room for a few weeks. Since then, a black dot has appeared ...
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Recovering Coma patient with theoretical full knowledge of heart function

In coma, there is the medullary depression (stage of agony). Spontaneous respiration and circulation cease i.e. vasomotor center. There is no full circulatory and respiratory support. Assume you ...
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When the mind is highly active, roughly how many neurons become excited in one second?

I'm curios to know how many times neurons send signals in one second when the brain is highly active (Highly active meaning during difficult problem solving, or any task that might bring the brain to ...
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What is the scientific and common name of this bug?

Captured this under my stereo microscope. Much beautiful than appearing on my camera sensor. Can someone help me identify it and explore more? Also is it having a compound eye ?
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Cell targets of Glybera

So we know that there is a first gene therapy drug in the market out there called Alipogene tiparvovec to address lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD) at a genetic level. Does this genetic drug ...

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