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Are there enzymes found in nature or the man made world that can help break down metals?

The title says it all. Do natural or human engineered enzymes exist that can speed up the break down kitchen utensils, aluminum cans, wires, etc. into small particles or powders? To be clear I am ...
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Different level of toxicity between smoke

Has there been studies on the difference between the smoke generated from: cigarette or cigar manufactured by brands which are proven to contain more than a hundred of dangerous additional ...
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Physiological reason why leaves got twisted when treated with indole acetic acid

I want to know the physiological reasons of why the leaves of my study plant got twisted when treated for 10 days with spray of indole acetic acid. I want to treat seeds with IAA, and I'm thinking ...
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Where to obtain metabolic pathway datasets

I've been looking through the files available at www.reactome.org along with some others but I only find images/pdfs of metabolic pathway diagrams. Where is the actual data these pathways are drawn ...
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Real-time PCR delay in Cq due to insertion SNP in primer

I am collecting evidence, even anecdotal, how does single nucleotide deletion or insertion in primer region affect the outcome of real-time PCR. I am most interested in how much there is a delay in ...
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Systematic anticoagulant injection after a CVA

Since most of the cerebrovascular accident are ischemic ones, would it be usefull to have anticoagulant everywhere (we already have AEDs everywhere) so that everytime someone would have symptoms of a ...
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Can cerebrospinal fluid deliver nutrients/drugs to neurons during sleep?

I'm looking at this article on the possible mechanism of detoxifying brain during sleep using cerebrospinal fluid. It states that at night, the space between neurons may allow better (up to 20x) ...
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H2S as a source of electrons for plants

The first electron source for plants was H2S, but now most modern plants use H2O as an electron source. What is the advantage of using H2O instead of H2S?
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How can Southern blotting be used to establish gene copy number?

I am reading a paper on a certain marine microorganism that can eat alkanes and therefore might be useful for cleaning up oil spills, etc. This sentence struck me as odd (although I am sure that the ...
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What does it mean when it's said so-and-so died a natural death?

It is oft said that, so-and-so died a natural death. What does it mean? Is it a direct-causeless death? Meaning doesn't natural death have any cause? Or just that it is unknown and hence a natural ...
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Could below zero decibel environment cause arrhythmia?

While this topic has virtually no real life application and has never been examined due to obvious reasons, it is quite intriguing to me. I've read a lot of speculations and claims about the world's ...
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Why is the strength of genetic drift inversely proportional to the population size?

I saw a concept on the Internet that says "the strength of genetic drift is inversely proportional to the population size". I don't know why they are inversely proportional? Can somebody explain? ...
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Stay young by reinserting own DNA from years ago?

As far as I know, the DNA sequence becomes shorter every time a cell divides. A shorter sequence results in information loss and aging characteristics. As a countermeasure, shouldn't one stay young ...
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How suddenly does lactose-intolerance onset?

How quickly can the loss of lactose tolerance onset in an adult? Such as being able to process lactose normally to having notice symptoms associated with the inability to process lactose. I am not ...
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Chromosome 2 alternate explanation - apes gaining a set of chromosomes?

I'm preparing for a debate (just between friends) on evolution (I'm in support), and one of the points I plan to bring up is the Chromosome 2 evidence. I'm now trying to predict their potential ...
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Can germs develop surfactant resistance in a harmful way?

Germs can develop antimicrobial resistance. It is a problem serious enough to deserve an FAQ page on the WHO website (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/en/). But how about surfactant ...
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Is it possible for bacteria to acquire family-wide antibiotic resistance?

If there is bacteria, lets say Enterococci that is sensitive to: Amoxycillin-Clavulinic acid Ampicillin-Sulbactam Ofloxacin Ciprofloxacin Is it possible to ...
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Prothrombin time when extrinsic pathway is turned off

I was searching for an answer that "why do we need intrinsic pathway when there is fast extrinsic pathway" and i found the answer in the following link: http://www.pathologystudent.com/?p=3197 It ...
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Can you tell the sex of a white willow when it's not flowering?

Can you tell whether a salix alba tree will produce male flowers or female flowers by looking at it, touching it or generally using your unaided senses? If not, is there any way to do that without ...
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Could miniaturization be used to protect endangered large species?

In some animals (like dogs) size seems like it's controlled mostly by just a few genes (IGF1, and the genes that repress it). I'm curious: (1) Does other miniaturization takes a similar route (for ...
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Asexual reproduction and Telomeres

Many eukaryotic organisms like yeasts, hydras , planarias, plants etc reproduce asexually. Replication of End of linear DNA pose a limit to the number of cell divisions. My question : Do asexually ...
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A basic example of the interactions of 2 or more non-identical alleles leading to an advantageous outcome for an individual organism

Could someone help me out with a basic example of the interactions of 2 or more non-identical alleles leading to an advantageous outcome for an individual organism? Based on empirical research OR on a ...
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Process of Transcription

During the process of Conversion to Ribonucleoside Monophosphates the various ribonucleoside triphosphates break off their high energy bonds after linkage to the DNA.But the first ribonucleotide ...
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Why do our limbs and other body parts get numb/feelingless and then they start to tickle? [duplicate]

Why do our limbs (legs, arms) get numb/feelingless when they are under prolonged pressure or when one has crossed his/her leg while sitting for a long period? After we move it to a more relaxed or ...
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Beetroot white skin mould

Does a mould make a beetroot poisonous or inedible ? Lemon's mould for instance, makes penicillin, but it's green there, and I'm allergic to penicillin, would the white mould produce penicillin too? ...
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What is mRNA expression level?

I cannot find clear explanation of what is mRNA expression level, and how to measure it. I would appreciate if someone explained it or gave a reference. Thanks!
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Evolution- Variations, adaptations and selective advantages

I am trying to understand Variations, adaptations and selective advantages and how they are all related. Feel free to add or correct me if I'm wrong- Variations are structural, functional, or ...
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Circadian rhythm in birds

Animals can use their circadian clocks to determine direction from the position of the sun. In a particular experiment conducted in Iceland, a bird, kept in a cage open to the sky, was trained ...
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What's the difference between protein and DNA behaviour during agarose gel electrophoresis?

I'm planning a science project about gel electrophoresis, and I'd like to know if there are any measurable, quantifiable (for example, things I could represent in a graph or chart) differences between ...
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1answer
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Opposite results between Blomberg's K and phylogenetic signal in Phylocom (AOT)

I've been trying to test for significant phylogenetic conservatism in some plant traits. So far I used R-package picante (Blomberg's K) and AOT in Phylocom. So far these two methods yield completely ...
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Why does wood become darker when it ages?

I have lots of pieces of pine furniture which have different colours depending on how old they are. So, I just wondered why that is. I guess it has something to do with structures and chemical ...
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Can we say that microevolution and macroevolution is fundamentally the same thing over different time scales?

This Wikipedia article states: Macroevolution is evolution on a scale of separated gene pools. Macroevolutionary studies focus on change that occurs at or above the level of species, in contrast ...
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How is sweetness measured?

Some time ago, I read in a newspaper--though I can't recall the details--a list of (mostly artificial) sweeteners and a list comparing how many times sweeter each was than sugar. How is relative ...
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Why do farts stink, but perfume does not?

Why is it that natural things like farts, poop, halitosis etc., from which we are always surrounded smell "bad"; whereas manufactured products, such as perfume or glue smell "good" to most of us? In ...
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Why do you need the intrinsic pathway when you have faster extrinsic pathway?

There are two pathways in blood clot fromation; the extrinsic pathway and the intrinsic pathway. The extrinsic pathway is faster than intrinsic pathway because it has less number of steps. So, why do ...
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Is it possible for a human and another ape species to reproduce? [duplicate]

Is it possible for a human and another species to reproduce?
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recombination frequency problem

Three loci C, D and E are located on the same chromosome in this order. We found that the frequency of recombinants between C and D is 10% and that between D and E it is 20%. Assuming that ...
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Is there a hypothesis that attempts to explain patterns of species richness along all three energy-related environmental gradients?

My question is related to one of the oldest question in ecology: "What determines global patterns of species richness?". However, I want to focus on one particular part of this question, which has ...
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How many species have existed on earth? [duplicate]

I found a paper estimating the number of species currently living on earth. Now I'm wondering If anybody tried to estimate the number of species that have lived on earth. I'm familiar with problems of ...
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specific membrane conductivity of HEK293 [closed]

does anybody know the specific membrane conductivity of HEK293 cells? Does anybody know a valid source?
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Question regarding Rate of Photosynthesis AP Biology Lab

We are doing a lab on the effects of light intensity/wavelength on the rate of photosynthesis in AP bio and we were asked to visit this website here: ...
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Does our brain really “flip” images perceived by our eyes?

I know a similar question has been asked and this is closely related to cognitive science. However, I want to know whether is there any mechanism or structure in the visual cortex which is proved to ...
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How is the number of histones being related to the number of chromosomes [closed]

Please name me at least one reason. I am referring to rats and to humans, as well.
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Enlargement of thyroid gland

Why does thyroid gland enlarge both in hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism? Hypothyroid goitre is due to lack of iodine in diet and hyperthyroid goitre (Exopthalmic goitre, Grave's disease) is due to ...
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Calcium levels and nerve hyperexcitation

Why does lower blood calcium levels (or lower calcium levels in ECF) cause nervous hyperexcitaton? Why does it cause over stimulation of nerves and muscles and spasmic contractions of muscles? This is ...
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The roles of RhoA, Rac and Cdc42 in cadherin signalling

I'm a little confused over the roles of RhoA, Rac and Cdc42. From this text it would seem that when cadherins form a junction with one another RhoA is inhibited, whilst Cdc42 and Rac is activated. ...
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The process of how you visually perceive objects?

Use the following terms to describe in detail how you visually perceive an object that you can see right now. Use the terms in order to correctly describe the sequence of events involved in your ...
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Can people with loss-of-function mutations to CYP2E1 be resistant to benzene poisoning?

CYP2E1 is what converts benzene into oxo-benzene. It's oxo-benzene which damages DNA. So I'm curious - what about people who don't have this enzyme?
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How does the body repair extracellular damage caused by glucose?

So we know that glucose is an aldehyde that can cause cell damage to the lysine and arginine residues on proteins through the Maillard Reaction (among other damaging reactions that glucose ...
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Breathing in and out

I was reading my textbook and it says that breathing involves inhaling and exhaling but it doesn't say whether they happen simultaneously or sequentially. Also is my overall understanding of ...

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