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How do plasmids protect themselves against restriction enzymes?

How do plasmids protect themselves from restriction enzymes released by bacteria (i.e., against bacteriophages)?
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If a dead snake reflexively attacks itself, why does it not always attack itself?

Recently there has been this video going around of a snake that had been decapitated. Its body swung around to the decapitated head and the head attacked the body on "reflex". Now we know that most ...
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Visualizing secondary RNA structure binding to target

I am designing synthetic ribozymes, and need to see the secondary structure that arises from its flanking arms binding to a target mRNA. I've used Mfold as well as IDT's OligoAnalyzer (Hairpin), but ...
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What is the best color for a PPG signal (photoplethysmography)?

What is the best color for a PPG signal? Red, green, blue or infra-red? I'm asking because commercial oximeter sensors usually use a pair of red and infra-red LEDs. But recently, I've seen a lot of ...
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Are there any studies on the fertility levels of humans/mammals as a function of their stay at Antarctica?

Wikipedia, and Space.SE seem to indicate humans become infertile in space due to the increased exposure to cosmic rays. Knowing as we do that Antarctica is holey, and subject to increased radiation ...
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Why pouring salt in the wounds is painful?

Pouring salt in the wounds is so painful. I am sure you all experienced this. whats happend there?
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Why do plasmids replicate on their own?

I know how plasmids can replicate independently of the main genome and know that they confer various properties to the bacteria and are useful in conjugation. My question is - what is the advantage ...
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What are these stars in my microscopic image?

I see this very curious patterns on the sun-facing side of a jasmine (probably) leaf - visible with a makeshift microscope (about 50x) What are them? Pores? Are there other plants with similar ...
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What is the evidence that australopithecines were bipedal?

Before the discovery of Australopithecus afarensis in the 1970s, most anthropologists believed that an increase in brain capacity had preceded bipedal locomotion. However, this reconstruction of the ...
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How to search for organisms by criteria such as growth substrate and overflow metabolites?

I'm looking for a database or a systematic way to search for organisms which meet certain criteria. My criteria descending importance are: growth substrate chemolithoautotrophy (on which substrate) ...
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What decides whether a lysogenic cycle or a lytic cycle will take place?

A virus can either participate in a lysogenic cycle or a lytic cycle. What decides that?
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Expression of bidirectional promoters

How are bidirectional promoters expressed ? (Won't RNA Pol have to go in 3'-5' direction?) Why are they more commonly found in eukaryotes than prokaryotes?
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How can a continuous RNA be transcribed in the lac operon?

The lac operon has 3 genes: lacZ , lacY and lacA. I have seen that the m-RNA transcript of these genes has stop codons in between. So, how can the RNA be made continuously? Won't the RNA Pol detach if ...
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Can you litter box train a dolphin?

After asking If I lived in space, could I have a dolphin for a pet? and doing some research for an answer to Can fish really live in microgravity without water?, it seems like one of the key points to ...
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Was life less colorful before color vision evolved?

According to Wikipedia, we know that color-vision photopigments appeared in the common ancestors of tetrapods and fish at least 360 MY ago. Would life have been less colorful before the evolution of ...
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Why does air from the nasal cavity not go into the oesophagus?

When we ingest food, the epiglottis covers the trachea and the uvula covers the nasal passage. But what happens when we breathe? Why does the air go into our trachea and not the oesophagus?
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What can cause incompatible sticky ends to be ligated?

Actual question I have reason to believe (details see below) that in a ligation I carried out, an EcoRI sticky end (EcoRI: G'AATT_C) and an XmaI sticky end (XmaI: C'CCGG_G) were somehow ligated ...
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Material on the analysis of (micro)array data

I'm at the moment analyzing cytokine array data. The available material on the statistical analysis of these data is more than unsatisfactory. Since a lot of effort is being made in the analysis of ...
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Why do I always close my eyes when someone takes a photo of me using a flash?

Everytime some tries to take a photo of me with a flash I manage to close my eyes (blink). It's not intentional and it's quite annoying. Why am I doing it?
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Why are some fungi poisonous?

There are many poisonous fungi in nature. For example Amanita Phalloides. What reasons could a fungus need poison for? Some species, like venomous snakes, use poison to kill other species as prey. ...
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Can viruses protect themselves against restriction enzymes?

Restriction enzymes cut the DNA of bacteriophages. Have bacteriophages evolved any mechanism to protect themselves from it ?
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Why are diabetic people often overweight?

I was looking at diabetes the other day, and I noticed something strange. Lower amounts of lipase are a symptom of diabetes, as is overweightness. However, since lipase is the enzyme that breaks down ...
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Bioluminescence and photovoltaics

I work in the PV industry and was asked a question recently during a presentation. Could Bioluminescence provide enough light to power a PV array during off peak hours? I understand the PV portion and ...
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What happens if we continuously stimulate a mimosa plant?

I know there is some mechanism in humans by which we start to ignore a certain stimuli if it persists for a long time (e.g., we don't feel our shoes all the time !). Can the same thing happen in ...
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What are potential side effects of myostatin inhibitors?

Myostatin inhibitors, which are being developed to treat muscle wasting diseases like muscular dystrophy, are likely to be abused by athletes. What are the potential long-term side-effects of taking a ...
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How do lilies sense day and night and open and close their flowers?

We have lots of lily flowers inside our garden. Their flowers are open in day and closed in night. How do lilies sense day and night and open and close their flowers?
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Neuromediator, Neuromodulator, Neurotransmitter?

Of these three words, perhaps Neurotransmitter is the most obvious. I took a look at Wikipedia page for Neuromodulation and found that this is pretty similar to Neurotransmitter too. I guess ...
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Is there a realtime molecular clock within the genome to co-ordinate the developmental sequences in an embryo?

It is difficult to assume that the massive number of co-ordinated developmental sequences in a developing embryo is controlled by molecular signalling alone. Is anyone aware of a molecular or ...
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Plant identification?

Can anyone identify the plant below? It's in a backyard in Pennsylvania, and the photo was taken today.
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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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Do hormones make men think of sex?

I remember hearing a saying that goes like "men think of sex every 7 minutes (or seconds?)". I take this saying to mean that men have sex related thoughts more often than women. I'm interested if ...
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How do I figure out which of the valleys I came from?

I had my DNA tested by 23andme.com. They give me a very long string for my DNA. How do I determine which of the three Ethiopian valleys I descended from? I'm of European descent. ...
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What is the standard deviation of adult human heights within sexes?

The wikipedia article on human height reports mean height for many different countries by sex but it does not report standard deviations. What is the standard deviation of adult human heights within ...
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Is there a database of pollen-seed distances across plant species?

I was enjoying Richard Smith's excellent answer to this question, and wondered: If you consider the pollen/seed distribution range to be plant locomotion, is there a database that compares these ...
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What are common causes of unexpected ligation products?

I digested two plasmids, one with EcoRI and AgeI and the other with EcoRI and XmaI. Digests looked as expected, so I purified the respective fragments and set up the T4 DNA ligation (AgeI and XmaI ...
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Honeybee decision process: new food, new home, new threat

I have heard that honeybees send out scouts, then based on the scout reports more bees go then come back and report and so they are supposed to be efficient decision makers. Can you give as complete ...
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Why are dreams sometimes remembered and sometimes forgotten?

Why is it that sometimes, when we wake up, we are able to remember what we were just dreaming, but sometimes we don't remember any of it?
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Reason for seeing grid-like patterns when strobing a solid black-white image?

I was trying to do some stimulation for SSVEPs by strobing a solid black square and a solid white square. Weird thing was, I ended up seeing weird grid like patterns that looked like this, always of ...
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Can plants survive indefinitely without external supply of gases at compensation point?

During photosynthesis, there is a point at which the light intensity is such that the rate of photosynthesis exactly matches the rate of respiration called the compensation point. What this means is ...
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Why do people sleep with their eyes open?

It's a fact that some people sleep with their eyes open, but why does that happen? Is it normal behavior, not a symptom of any sort of disorder? Are there any (dis)advantages to sleeping with eyes ...
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Do animals get sick from eating dirty food or eating off the floor?

Humans have very strict tradition of hygiene, such as washing hands before eating, using utensils, and in general keeping as much distance between food and dirt as possible. At the same time, most ...
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What's the difference between Cytoplasmic pool and Granular storage pool?

What's the difference between Cytoplasmic pool and Granular storage pool when speaking about neurotransmitters and synaptic cleft. I encountered this here: Amphetamine’s mechanism of action thus ...
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What causes sinus pain and congestion?

When the sinuses flare up, it can get very painful. Thus, my question - what biological mechanisms cause the congestion and especially the pain associated with sinusitis?
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Why is duck fat less saturated than cow fat?

Why does the composition of fat in animals vary? Is there an evolutionary advantage to producing fat that is less or more saturated?
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What whole-genome changes occur in between fertilization and the first cell division?

What whole-genome changes occur in between fertilization and the first cell division? I'm being specifically vague about which species. My motivation sort of stems from thinking about the gold master ...
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Known MicroRNA - Gene Systems?

Have there been any experimentally-verified systems of microRNAs targeting a gene set (e.g., in cancer, perhaps)?
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Do insects respond to the detection of dead insects?

Are there insects that change their behavior upon detecting the nearby presence of other dead insects? If there are, can you provide an example?
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Why does the stomach ache if you take a brisk walk after lunch or dinner

After eating your lunch or dinner, if you take a brisk walk, most of the time your stomach aches. Why does that happen? What happens with respect to the body metabolism?
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What is genomic imprinting?

What is a genomic imprint? How does genomic imprinting take place? If I say that "this" allele is maternally imprinted does it mean that the allele of the gene is passed only by the mother? If a ...
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Determination of gene direction

I have one sequence that composed of sequences of three genes. I should determine the direction of each gene, but two of these genes are disrupted, and I can't determine the initial codon. Does anyone ...

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