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Does healthcare and therapy affect natural selection adversely? [duplicate]

In the last 200 years or so, healthcare and therapy has been revolutionized. Mortality rates are going down everywhere. Even if the disease is terminal, medicine can prolong life for quite a while. ...
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Why are there no tree-like plants that grow in lakes?

Looking at aerial photos of boreal forests, with dense woods clear-cut by quiet lakes, I wondered why exactly are the woods so clear-cut at the edge of water? Why won't trees develop adaptations that ...
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Can cyclical fever be connected with Balantidium coli? [closed]

This is a theoretical question about what can cause cyclical fever with B.coli infection. Lifecycle here from Dickson book: I am not sure if B. coli can cause cyclical fever itself. There is ...
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What is the fastest but not venomous snake?

Is it known which non-venomous snake can attack most quickly? I guess it is a snake that attacks its opponent by bites, and not some kind of constrictor.
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Are Lambic beers the product of quorum sensing?

Lambic beers are a Belgian specialty which is still made by open-air "inoculation" by airborne microbiota first, followed by additional yeasts, LAB bacteria and more joining in at the time of ...
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Tap vs. mineral water for drinking

I was told a human should drink a small glass (0,3 liter) of mineral water per day to get the minerals. What is the rationale behind this? What is the difference between tap water and mineral water in ...
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Transportation of bacteria

I would like to take an apparatus containing bacteria to another country (Bolivia) from the U.S.. How do I determine whether I am allowed to do this? The bacteria are: ...
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Is asexual and sexual reproduction a universal feature of Bryozoans?

I found some clues that most, if not all, bryozoans can reproduce and multiply by asexual and sexual means, for example: Thomsen & Hakansson 1995: "Sexual Versus Asexual Dispersal in Clonal ...
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Religion and Genetics

Are there studies that investigate the heritability of believing in supernatural things (or related concepts)? Or stated differently. Are there studies that ...
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What does “thermodynamic equilibrium” mean for an enzyme-substrate complex?

From Fersht, Enzyme Structure and Mechanism p. 87: The Michaelis-Menten mechanism assumes that the enzyme-substrate complex is in thermodynamic equilibrium with free enzyme and substrate. In ...
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Is the default kmer 25 value in Trinity still ok for assembly of 150bp reads from Illumina HiSeq 2500?

I will soon be receiving Illumina HiSeq 2500 data (150bp PE stranded reads). In the past we have been using Trinity as our assembler of choice, but it uses a default kmer value of 25. I believe this ...
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Protein structures given in PDB and SNP's

There are millions of proteins given in PDB, the sequence for which we can download in FASTA format. There are also hundreds of SNP's given in NCBI dbSNP. My question is whether the proteins in PDB ...
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Identify this large exotic bird spotted in Taipei, Taiwan

A few months ago while backpacking in Taipei I found this very intriguing large bird facing off a curious puppy in a fairly busy pedestrian area. The bird did not attempt to fly. None of the ...
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Drinkable liquids that dont contain water [closed]

Are there any drinkable liquids that don't contain water? By drinkable I mean it would not harm me by just drinking it, like water.
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Penetrance Calculation of a Spontaneous Mutation [on hold]

I'm trying to estimate the penetrance of a disease in a population given a rare spontaneous mutation that confers predisposition in an autosomal dominant manner. Given that the mutation is ...
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Is it possible to combine live attenuated and non-live vaccines?

There are many combination vaccines available but I've noticed that there don't seem to be any with both live and non-live components, e.g. DTaP/IPV/MMR. Such combinations could be useful in some ...
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Resting and action membrane potential..?

In the resting membrane potential of neurons the inside of membrane is kept negative and outside of membrane is kept positive by the utilization of energy through Na-K Atpase pump, While during action ...
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Plant's phylogeny tree to identify which of them are closer (genetically) with another plant

I'am trying to create a phylogeny tree from some plants, as the post's title says, to help me conclude which of those plants are closer genetically with another one plant. So let's say that this is ...
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How are cyclic hormones characterized?

I have a question regarding the description of a subset of peptide hormones, called cyclic hormones. Two examples of cyclic hormones would be somatostatin and melanin-concentrating hormones. I know ...
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Applying saliva to mosquito bites

Is it true that; when you apply your own saliva to a mosquito bite it would stop itching ?
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Why the plants are not black but green? [duplicate]

if the evolution makes the species better then why the leaf and trees are not black?? black colour absorbs more ligth than simply the green color so a black plant should make photosinthesis better ...
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I2D vs STRING for protein-protein interactions

Can someone clearly explain me the differences between STRING and I2D(Interlogous interaction database) ? What does each database do best ? Which database is better for what kinds of studies etc ?
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How does the counter current mechanism concentrate urine?

The movement of ions like sodium into the interstitial space causes water to passively diffuse out the descending loop of Henle. How does this concentrate the urine? The solvent is removed at one ...
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What is in Mosquito bites?

I was wondering what is in the mosquito bites, which causes the swelling of the skin at the bite and also the itching. I know that the mosquito injects some stuff, but what is it?
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How deep does water have to be so a mosquito can lay viable eggs in it?

I read about this idea for a mosquito trap (with a rather tactless name) where the idea seems to be that because the water available for the mosquito eggs is so shallow, they will die somehow or not ...
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Activity of DNA glycosylase

I am wondering how DNA glycosylase works from the chemical point of view. Sometimes in papers I can see that they are doing activity assays with 1M NaOH and I am trying to understand why using 1M NaOH ...
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Does urine therapy really work?

I heard a lecture from a supporter of urine therapy and he says that urine is not only good disinfection, but also drinkable source of minerals. I said to myself that I can take either one or the ...
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Is the number of legs in myriapoda determined entirely by the genome?

Myriapoda (comprising, among others, millipedes and centipedes) can have hundreds of legs (Illacme plenipes having up to 750 legs). Interestingly, the number of legs (or leg pairs) appears to differ ...
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What is the definition of a stringent/relaxed plasmid?

I have found a publication which proposes some definitions, including a definition for strict and relaxed replication. The definitions are: Relaxed control of plasmid replication. Relaxed control ...
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What does “regulatory genomics” mean?

I have read about basics of molecular genetics ,although its not a thorough in-depth knowledge. I would like to know about "regulatory genomics". What is it actually?
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How are the external stimuli which fixed action patterns and other “innate” behaviours are honed in on genetically encoded? [on hold]

Kelp gulls peck at a red spot on their mother's beak. Geese and cranes imprint on hang gliders. Presumably, these processes depend on sensory primitives (red spots, triangular shapes), and these are ...
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Alleles notation in SNPPedia criteria

I can understand the allele notation when is in the form rs8176719(T;T) or rs8176719(G) but recently i found this ones rs8176719(T;-) or rs8176719(-;T). So im confused, rs8176719(T;-) is the same as ...
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When infected with malaria, how many parasites are within a human host?

When infected with malaria, how many P. falciparum cells are within a human host? And how does this compare with the average infection parasitemia of A. gambiae? I can't seem to find a reliable source ...
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What do the Clustal Alignment Symbols Mean?

Occasionally I will run protein alignments on peptide families and I can never remember what the symbols mean to show degrees of identity. What do they mean?
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Can a postsynaptic neuron 'shut itself off?

I am an amateur interested in neuroscience and was curious whether there is a process by which a neuron or group of neurons would close their receptors and stop receiving signals from specific ...
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Have we ever observed two drosophila lineages that evolved reproductive isolation in labs?

Background The standard definition of species refers to the concept of reproductive isolation. If two lineages are found to be reproductively isolated, then we consider these two lineages to belong ...
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Assumptions of the models for haploid and diploid selection

For a bi-allelic locus, the model for haploid Natural Selection is: $$\frac{dp}{dt} = \frac{pW_A}{pW_A + (1-p)W_B}$$ , where $p$ is the frequency of the allele $A$, which relative fitness is $W_A$. ...
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Why are different lengths of nucleotides taken for structure prediction from an miRNA match area after BLAST analysis?

Generally in miRNA prediction most researchers do as Blast search with a set of miRNAs downloaded from miRBase with the parameters they require. Later on usually custom methods are utilized to get an ...
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Diffusion of Hypotonic solution into solution with glucose and starch

Cell walls are selectively permeable to ions and organic molecules. Sometimes the selectivity is passive and a reflection of the physical laws governing diffusion. We can do simple experiments that ...
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How do GPCRs transmit a signal across the plasma membrane?

How do G-coupled protein receptors (GPCR) transmit signals through the plasma membrane? Links containing information about this and pictures will be very helpful.
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Do primitive lymph nodes exist in 12th week embryo?

Someone told me that primitive lymph nodes do not exist during this week. However, others say they can. Here is a picture about inguinal lymph nodes from here. No primary lymph nodes are visible ...
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$F_{ST}$ when considering a multi-allelic locus

Sewall Wright defined the $F_{ST}$ in a metapopulation as being: $$F_{ST} = \frac{\text{Var}(p)}{\bar p (1-\bar p)}$$ , where $p$ is a vector of frequencies of a given allele and $\bar p$ and ...
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$F_{ST}$ and the genetic variance in metapopulations

From this video (21'15''), the speaker gives the following formulae in order to calculate the between and among populations genetic variance from the $F_{ST}$: $$V_{Among Pop} = 2 F_{ST}V_G$$ ...
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Does a reduction in stem cells mean possible earlier death?

The basis of this question relies on my understanding of these 2 facts: ...
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Are there any organisms that lack ATP synthase?

ATP synthase is used by cells to synthesise ATP from ADP using energy from a proton gradient. Depending on which sites I look at, this is either a universal feature of living cells, or it's "almost ...
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Plateletpheresis for hemophilia

Plateletpheresis is seperation of platelets from whole blood and putting the leukocytes and erythrocytes back into the blood. If the person donating platelets does not have hemophilia than could a ...
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Why do veins look blue?

I know that veins carry oxygen. Veins look blue because the oxygen-depleted blood in them is blue. Is this true??
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dsDNA translation

Since DNA is double stranded and each strand is complementary to the other, the codons on each strand will come out to be different after transcription(depending on the reading frame). Does this mean ...
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Question about what the liver does NOT do

Which of the following functions is NOT performed by the liver? a) Storage of vitamins and minerals b) converts glucose to glycogen c) converts toxins to harmless chemicals d) produces bile I chose ...
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What is this spider hunting in the tree in the night?

I took the following picture of this spider in northern Switzerland (alt: ~700m) with macro flash/lense. The picture was taken during the night in a cedar tree (Thuja occidentalis).

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