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Can the dead be brought back to life by viruses?

Zombies have been a part of popular culture for decades. The living dead rising up to take over the world is a terrifying concept, worthy of Hollywood blockbusters and television hits. Some of those ...
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Why doesn't lard taste good? [closed]

I mean looking from evolutionary perspective sugar tastes sweet and individuals that had this perception ate more sugar and survived and those that didn't perceive sugar as sweet didn't eat it and ...
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How does Organ Transplant work well despite having Foreign DNA

My question is little bit related to this one Why does organ transplant work although it seems organ's motor neuron isn't connected to recipient's CNS but only little bit. Problem ...
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Difference between DNA and Genome

Can we safely use the terms DNA and Genome interchangeably or is there any (even slight) difference between the two?
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Difference between LH and ICSH

Are Luteinizing hormone and Interstitial Cell Stimulating Hormone(ICSH) the same?
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How hard would it be to synthesize a virus in 1960? [closed]

Assuming 1960 technology, how hard would it be to synthesize a virus? Im curious as to how developed technology was back then and the amount of cost and effort it would take given the fairly basic ...
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Which literature/study/myth spurred the idea that urine is sterile?

There is a seemingly unfounded mantra that a person's urine is sterile who is not suffering from a UTI. So far I have found convincing evidence to the contrary; urine is not sterile. This poster ...
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Aquarium snail identification

Many of these little snails suddenly appeared in our aquarium from nowhere. I suspect that some snail eggs hitched a ride with some recently purchased plants. Can anyone identify the species? I am ...
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Why does human waste still contain nutrients for plants?

The question is motivated by the Martian movie, in which the main character (Mark Watney) uses human waste to fertilize Martian soil and grow potatoes. Following the idea that energy can only ...
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How do animals with fur get enough sunlight to produce vitamin-D? [duplicate]

How is vitamin D synthesized in animals with fur; how do the cells get enough sunlight? If vitamin-D cannot be synthesized because of limited sunlight reaching the skin, do these animals have to ...
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Difference between negative allosteric regulation and non-competitive inhibition

Both connect to some site other than the active site which controls the shape of the active site and causes the enzyme to be less active. So what is the difference?
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Diffusion coefficients of glucose in mammal tissues?

Where can I find estimates/experimental measurements of the diffusion coefficient of glucose in mammal tissues? Specefically I mean the inter-cellular space. I'm not looking for a specific tissue, so ...
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What niche was humanity theorized to fill before we possesd weapons and coordination to hunt & kill large prey?

I'm really interested in evolution, and for a err 'hobbyist' I think I understand a good bit of evolution and adaptation and the role it has played in many species. However, I feel I'm rather ...
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How does protein enter bloodstream?

If a hemophiliac patient injects his factor 8 through the veins directly into the bloodstream to provide the body with clotting factor... Why don't they just make the drug as a pill and have the liver ...
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Normal cell diffusion in normal organism?

We know, that cancer cell can travel across an organism. Is this ABSOLUTELY impossible for NORMAL cells? For example, is it EXACTLY ZERO probability to find some bone cells inside liver or some skin ...
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Density of cells in human tissues?

Where can I find values, or estimates, of the density of cells in human tissues? Maybe an overall estimate, or distinct values for distinct tissues? Or maybe not human, but mammal tissues (which ...
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Identifiying a conserved residue in multiple PDB structures

I have a few hundred PDB structures of the same protein, and I need to identify a specific conserved residue in all of them. Originally I wanted to extract the sequences from the PDB files with ...
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1answer
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What determines the shape of the center-surround receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells?

The wikipedia article about receptive fields of visual system tells us the following: The receptive field is often identified as the region of the retina where the action of light alters the ...
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What kind of changes “stays” in the neuron after the nervous impulse happened?

I often see in neuroscience textbooks about how the brain controls everything in the body with different tracts and etc, and it seems that information is always being transmitted, like there's no ...
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What is the purpose of THC for a Cannabis plant?

Why does a Cannabis plant produce THC? This question is brought up drawing an analogy to nicotine in tobacco, where nicotine is developed by tobacco plants as a pesticide. Is THC a pesticide as well? ...
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Aspirin - does it inhibit enzyme of thromboxane?

This is a diagram a friend showed me about the drug aspirin, where we were arguing which enzyme it prevents. Aspirin is known to inhibit the production of prostaglandins. However, it also serves ...
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Why do children prefer sweeter foods?

As we get older, we tend to lose our sweet tooth and become more tolerant to bitter foods, like vegetables. However, I never understood how this works. Why is it that children prefer sweeter foods, ...
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Human walking biomechanics: is it pushing, pulling, or subjective?

The horses are divided in various species. Some are genetically better built for traction, others for speed. How about humans? How is our motion, traction like, pushing focused, mixed, or is ...
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1answer
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How do you know which organisms are keystone species?

I know that keystone species are those that play a crucial role in an ecosystem, but since all species are interdependent upon each other and each occupy their own niche, aren't they all important? ...
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How does cytochrome c oxidase inhibition cause cell death?

I realise the inhibition of cytochrome c oxidase prevents the release of H+ ions into the intermembrane space, and that the ion gradient is required for ATP synthase action. However, I'm not sure how ...
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Can an enzyme be activated without allosteric inhibition or activation?

Are there ways by which an enzyme may be activated or inhibited by non substrate molecules other than allosteric activation or inhibition?
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1answer
147 views

What is a tardigrade “in tun form”?

While reading this article about tardigrades that had been previously frozen, I came across some verbiage I wasn't sure of and couldn't find any real explanation given the context. The article kept ...
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BWA-MEM single strand or doublestrand alignment

In whole genome secondary analysis does BWA-MEM use a double stranded fasta reference or are reads aligned to only one, single stranded fasta reference?
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What fills the spaces between non-fused sacral vertebrae?

What is in between the sacral vertebrae before they are fused? I have looked and found no specific descriptions. If it is simply cartilage, what type of cartilage?
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Why does Citric Acid occur in Citrus fruits?

Why is there so much citric acid in citrus fruits? And how did it evolve i.e. what did it come from? Is it a by-product of the ripening process? Why have citrus fruit evolved a particularly high ...
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1answer
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“Heterozygotic expection” - when heterozygote differs from both homozygotes, but homozygotes are similar

For simple 2-alleles genetic model {a,A} and corresponding quantitative trait Q is typically true that Q(aa)>=Q(aA)>=Q(AA) or conversely Q(AA)>=Q(aA)>=Q(aA). For example, dominance means that Q(...
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Hair whitening with age explanation

I don't understand, why the hairs are whitening with age? Popular explanations look formal to me. For example, an explanation by stopping of melanin production is just a rephrase. Melanin is a ...
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1answer
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Why aren't plants and animals capable of assimilating $\ce{N2}$ directly from the atmosphere?

From a E-book written by Hungary scientists, the reason is $\ce{N2}$ is inert. Is this correct? How does the chemical properties of gas species ($\ce{SO2}$, $\ce{O2}$, $\ce{NH3}$, etc) ...
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1answer
55 views

Reason for aquatic plant roots

My question is about why aquatic plants have roots. At first they seem a bit superfluous to me because leaves of the plants could just absorb nutrients directly from the water thereby skipping a need ...
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1answer
148 views

HOw are AMP's “recharged” to become ATP's in a cell?

I understand that after the translation stage of ribosomal protein synthesis, tRNA molecules are floating in the cytoplasm without attached amino acids until they find the correct aminoacyl tRNA ...
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Will dissolved proteins pass through a 0.2 micron filter?

Given that there may be exceptions, can you usually expect protein to pass through?
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What causes the opaque green colour in Lepidoptera?

Link here to what I mean by 'opaque' colouration on the insect, the colour intensity remains constant despite changes in light intensity and angle (not shown by the picture but the moth exhibits this ...
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1answer
549 views

Examples of animals with 12-28 legs?

Many commonly known animals' limbs usually number between 0 and 10. For example, a non-exhaustive list: snakes have 0 Members of Bipedidae have 2 legs. Birds and humans have 2 legs (but 4 limbs) ...
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Making mistakes in the laboratory [closed]

I have just started an internship in a microbiology laboratory. I have had a rather small amount of laboratory experience before this so had to learn mostly everything from scratch. I have been there ...
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Where to Find Pedigree-Linkage Data for Computational Pedigree Analysis

I'm currently working on a project that uses graphical models (Bayesian networks) for pedigree analysis. My group developed a few models several months ago, but the original data used to develop the ...
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Determination of Ageing by ECG inclusions/exclusions?

I am studying ageing and considering ECG signal because of its high sensitivity in theory (escardio). Some factors Sensitivity Gender Medical treatment ... Benchmark: RTG dental + wrist ...
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Examples of seeking behavior by brainless animals

Are there any examples of brainless animals (e.g. jellyfish) exhibiting seeking behavior, such as following smell or light gradients towards food, or following hormones towards mates?
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How much do crocodiles eat?

How much do crocodiles eat? The closest I found to an answer was on German wikipedia, where it says that adult nile crocodiles eat "only about 50 full meals a year." While interesting, without knowing ...
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examples of animals losing their brains when losing their mobility

I'm looking for examples of animals with central nervous systems that start out mobile, but then become permanently attached to something, and lose their brains. One famous example is that of some ...
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Does medication make the body dependent? [closed]

First of, I know of course that certain medication can cause an addiction if incorrectly used. But as far as I understand it, drugs prone to cause addiction have some agent in it, that makes them ...
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1answer
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Why are sequencing reads shorter than PCR products?

I have desinged and tested primers for RT-PCR, then purified the PCR products from the gels and send them to sequence at GATC (SUPREMERUN) using the forward primers. After blasting the reads to ...
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Does this habit present any harm? [closed]

Sometimes I am able to put one knee down on the floor, rest my weight on that knee, and then relax it in order to make the knee cap go up and "crack" the knee. I can do this with both knees, I think ...
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1answer
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Do ants use something similar to the honey bee “waggle dance” to instruct the rest of the colony where to find a food source?

In the 20 years since we built our home, we've just recently had our first ant infestation. I'm familiar with the fact that ants leave scent trails to find their way back and forth between the ...
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Are there fundamental differences between the adaptive immune systems of higher primates and other mammals?

I recently attended a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society lecture in which one of the lecturers indicated that there are fundamental differences between the adaptive immune systems of higher primates and ...

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