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Which primates can swim underwater?

I saw a documentary awhile back and they were profiling a certain species of monkey which regularly swims underwater. I can't recall which species it was but they said it was rare for primates to do ...
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Why the length of UTR in the genomic sequence of gene X is too much longer than the same region in the corresponding Refseq mRNA sequences?

I'm browsing in the UCSC genome browser and found that the UTRs length of KIAA0040 gene in the genomic sequences is too much longer than the corresponding the Refseq mRNA sequence. In fact, the total ...
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What is the convention for indicating genomic primer sites?

What is the most common notation for indicating genomic binding sites of primers relative to an ORF? For instance, if I want to indicate a primer like so: ...
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49 views

What is difference between several mRNA RefSeq for one gene?

I'm looking for mRNA RefSeq sequences for a given gene in the UCSC genome browser by searching gene name "HLA-F" in human (scroll to Refseq genes section). There are several RefSeq mRNA for the gene, ...
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Can a brown recluse bite lead to diabetes?

Ok, I realize that this question may seem crazy at first glance. I would agree. Also, this does deal with a medical diagnosis, however, as I'm more concerned with the explanation behind it, I figured ...
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1answer
43 views

Can someone die from pain? [duplicate]

I'm a CNA and I just got home from a very long day at work. I just started this job and I got hurt at work last night which made me wonder can enough pain cause death (without suicide)? I think the ...
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What determines excrement's caliber?

Often, pieces of feces have a clearly-defined shape and size — both length and width (that is, cross-sectional diameter, or caliber). But that width seems to vary quite a bit, even among pieces ...
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Plot coverage per base for BAM file

I have a BAM file and a BED file for my own chromosome. I would like to get coverage per base and ideally construct a histogram of coverage across each gene. The motivation is to visualise the ...
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Properties that can be derived from amino acid sequences [closed]

What are the properties that can be derived from an amino acid sequence apart from those mentioned in the website? In the mentioned website, the properties that can be calculated from amino acid ...
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Equilibrium and Metabolism: Can cells exist at STATIC equilibrium? What about dynamic equilibrium?

I understand that in closed systems, once reactions reach equilibrium, they can no longer be used to power other reactions. If a cell was a closed system (which it is not), being at equilibrium would ...
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What is the significance in an alpha-helix being right-handed or left-handed?

Why is that often when alpha-helices are discussed, it is also mentioned their direction - right-handed (clockwise) or left-handed (anti-clockwise)? I have heard that left-handed alpha-helices are ...
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What kind of larvae are these?

My uncle was helping us spray the garage for ants, and he stumbled across a huge batch of some type of larvae. According to him... "It looked like a long, narrow clump of mud. When I broke it ...
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What is “chain identifier” in PDB?

The PDB file format is explained here. My question is what "chain identifier" is exactly? What is the difference between two residues which have the same sequence number but different chain ...
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Can bigger persons generally resist g-forces better?

I've seen a claim that bigger persons generally resist g-forces worse than smaller in an undergraduate biology book. However this claim was supported by the argument that blood has to travel a longer ...
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What makes tones sufficiently useful that it would lead to the evolution of tonal processing?

I will define a "tone" as  a steady periodic sound. As an example, I consider a sinusoidal wave to be a tone. By "tonal processing", I mean ratio relationships between the notes. For instance, if I ...
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1answer
109 views

Are all dipeptides synthesizable?

Probably a basic question, but are all possible dipeptides synthesizable? For 20 amino acids, there should be in principle 190 dipeptides; do they all exist or is there chemistry that makes some ...
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Why are published chromosome counts for polyploids often incorrect by an integer multiplication factor of the original diploid like count?

Why are published chromosome counts (done using techniques such as root smashes) for polyploidy flowering plants often incorrect by a multiplication factor of 2 or 3 from the original diploid like ...
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Why do we pass out when we are under attack?

It is known that we might pass out, but not die, when we are under attack, e.g. got striken at the neck, blown by blunt object at the cerebellum etc. Wouldn't it be more "advantageous" to be conscious ...
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1answer
88 views

Halophiles' food habit

We know that some halophiles are heterotrophic, but in those highly saline environment what do these organisms eat as there might be very little chance of survival of any other organism?
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1answer
69 views

What type of jellyfish is this

I have been swimming in the seas around Minorca and saw a jellyfish I had not seen before. I have tried to find it and have (eventually) found 1 single picture of the jellyfish. The problem I ...
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92 views

What could cause spiral tree growth?

While hiking through one of the areas burned in the 1988 Yellowstone fires, I noticed that some of the trees appeared to have grown in spiral patterns. Most downed trees have crack patterns that ...
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1answer
818 views

Can an organism exist as a single cell but come together as multi-cellular during certain times?

I am trying to remember a particular segment from a BBC special, in which there was single cellular species. However, at certain times all the individual cells came together to form a structure, not ...
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1answer
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Is the ringing sound in the ears caused by dying ear cells?

I was recently watching the movie "Children of Men" (great movie) by Alfonso Cuarón. Now in a certain scene, the lead actor happens to be nearby a loud explosion. Later, when he complains about the ...
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1answer
29 views

connect three coding sequences with IRES

To express two proteins at once in mammalian cells, expression vectors carrying an IRES (internal ribosomal entry site) are available. Does anyone know any attempt to express three proteins using two ...
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What is the highest pressure at which plants can survive?

Inspired by this awesome question, I'm looking for the corresponding maximum: what is the highest air pressure at which plant life can survive? For example, Venus's atmosphere is about 90x as dense ...
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78 views

What is the full form of all the Immunoglobulin? [closed]

What is the exact meaning and full form of IGm IgG Iga etc. and I need some extra information about all the classes of IG?
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49 views

Is there an organism which is “The Opposite of Hydra”?

My understanding is that if hydra is cut into pieces, each piece can evolve into a new hydra. What I'm looking for is whether there exists an organism with a this property reversed, that is, if two or ...
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How much oil you can get from a dead animal

This is purely speculative, but is there a formula to calculate how much oil you can get from 1 Kg of biomass? I've seen bioreactors in farms where they put dung, vegetable scraps, and all bio ...
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1answer
33 views

Bioinformatics - DNA binding, sequence-specific protein data

I am a computer scientist and we are working on protein function prediction algorithms. Right now, we would like to examine protein-DNA binding properties computationaly. For this, we would make use ...
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What does it mean a “H4K20me1 has a diffuse profile”?

From the paper: H2A.Z is representative of localized signals. H4K20me1 shows the typical behavior of chromatin modifications with a diffuse profile. What does it mean a 'diffuse profile'? Does ...
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Peak calling for TF and histone modification

I was viewing different methods for peak calling and came across two quite similar concepts but still different methods: MACS and SICER. The main difference is that SICER uses nonoverlapping sliding ...
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186 views

In which phenomena does one gene pair hide the effect of other unit?

This question was asken in an exam, The answer they are saying is "Epistasis". But I think "Dominance" fits better, because it is not mentioned whether genes of same allele are to be considered or ...
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Can anyone ID this ant queen species?

It was found in Hong Kong! Below are a few basic information: Place: Hong Kong Habitat: Forest. I live very close to a mountain with lots of forestation. Where Collected: Found it in my window ...
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Partial Contribution By One Parent

For flowering plants, what might cause the genome size of offspring from a cross between 2 diploid parent of differing genome size to reflect only a partial contribution by the larger genome size ...
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Can ' functional' stress 'forced upon' a cell actually cause cell mutations when they divide and reproduce?

If a group of cells are forced to go beyond their regular biological parameters that they should be under given ' healthy' functioning and while existing in these stressed states some of the cells ...
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Why would a venus fly traps mouth that's still “chewing” die?

A venus fly trap produces leaves that act like traps for insects. A trapped insect is digested over several days. The trap then opens again to catch another insect. These traps regularly die off. ...
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1answer
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Methylation Data for Erythrocytes (Red Blood Cells)?

Why is it that white blood cells (leukocytes) are highly characterized in DNA methylation pure cell line profiling, but I can't find any profiles of red blood cells (erythrocytes)? Is blood considered ...
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Nature vs Nurture in Rooster mating dance: Are roosters lame dancers because they never learned any better?

I've seen, read about, or heard several avian courtship dances, flights, songs, and other rituals. They are general very impressive, fancy, and beautiful. Roosters, by comparison, are quite lame. The ...
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1answer
83 views

Why Do we close our eyes while sneezing?

Google says germs may fall on eyes from our sneeze but it happens all the time . Also it says it a part of contraction. What may happen if we sneezing wirh our eyes open ?
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can the regeneration mechanism be used in humans that of lizards?

how lizards grow their tail again like is there any mechanism or specific protein which helps them to regrow their tail? can the mechanism of regeneration be used in humans to regenerate our limbs is ...
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Is it better to eat something that is more or less related to humans?

My question is, would it be better to eat something like a sea cucumber or would be it better to eat a chimpanzee? Maybe this isn't a dichotic answer. Is it better to eat something in between, like ...
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1answer
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What does NaOH do for the plating of Bacillus subtilis?

A book called Molecular Biological Methods for Bacillus called for plating Bacillus subtilis cells on LB-agar plates with the following components: A general-purpose medium containing per litre: ...
4
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1answer
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Identifying flying insect from northern Poland / Baltic Sea area

Found during this year vacations at Baltic Sea (northern parts of Poland): I don't have a picture containing other object, for size verification, but I'd say, that it was 3-4 cm long. There were ...
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transitional mutation, repair mechanism

I have read an answer to a question about dna repair during and after replication. But how is dna repaired if a deamination of of 5-methylcytosine happens? How does a repair mechanism identify which ...
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Did I just watch a spider die?

So I'm sitting in my office and all of a sudden a small spider is gliding down on a web string from the ceiling, right in front of my eyes, and down onto my desk. It proceeds to make a few awkward ...
2
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How does the embryo inside a shelled egg get oxygen?

If I'm not mistaken a typical animal in the womb will get oxygen via the umbilical cord from the mother. Thus allowing it to "breathe" in a liquid environment. I thought maybe shells are permeable and ...
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Is galvinoxyl antioxidant assay possible using NMR spectroscopy?

I would like to perform an antioxidant assay using the galvinoxyl protocol. The protocol states that we need EPR spectroscopy, but only NMR spectroscopy is available at my institution. Is there an ...
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what is the effect of temperature and carbondioxide on the opening and closing of stomata?

I am teaching biology in an academy. The question which I had asked above had been raised by on of my students. I tried my level best to search out the answer to this question but I could not find the ...
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1answer
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How to know the gestation time of pregnant mice?

In lab mice I wish to establish how many weeks my animals are into their pregnancy. Is there some way?
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1answer
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Trial pre-registration service that accepts non-clinical trials, or specifically ecology?

I'm in the early stages of designing a trial in ecology. I'm interested in pre-registering the trial, as suggested here. My concern is that all of the registries (that I can find) deal specifically ...

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