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Solubility of DNA in water

This would seem to be an easy to answer question, but I was unable to find an answer (in g/L) for generic double-stranded DNA or plasmid neither on Google nor on BioNumbers. I would expect the ...
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Why are lips covered with specialized skin?

I found out some interesting facts while studying our lips: They are covered in glabrous skin, while most of the skin surface is hairy; The outermost layer (stratum corneum) of the skin is far ...
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What the definition of a flanking residue? [closed]

What the definition of a flanking residue? How do you define whether an amino acid is flanking or not? What are the environmental or physiochemical conditions in which a residue is considered to be ...
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Can dietary monosodium glutamate intake induce restlestness?

The question is all in the title. More context: I like phở soup. I have noticed that I get restless after eating the phở soup at some restaurants. The effects are similar to the ones resulting from ...
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Is it a limitation of the eyes, or the brain, that we can't see a moving bullet?

Are the photoreceptors in our eyes not fast enough to register the fast moving bullet, or is the brain not powerful enough to make sense of something happening that fast?
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Why not frozen evolution? [closed]

I'm not sure if you have heard of it. It is a theory proposed by the best Czech evolutionary biologist (even though it disproves the selfish gene and darwinism for sexual species :), but it is not ...
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How do roots absorb water instead of presence of waxy - material suberin in the form of casparian strips on the wall of endodermis?

I found that in the endodermis, the tangential and radial walls have deposition of the waxy, and hence water-impermeable, material suberin in the form of casparian strips. The endodermis comes before ...
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If humans are 10cm taller than 200 years ago, then how can it be that we are “not much different” from humans 70000 years ago? [closed]

According to Yuval Noah Harari in his book "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" we today are not much different from the post-cognitive-revolution Homo Sapiens which lived 70000 years ago. But then ...
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Metabolism priority in poisonings

Let's assume we have two toxins - one of which is routinely metabolized by the liver, and the other is new to the organism (consider for example alcohol in a heavy drinker and any other drug that is ...
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1answer
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What is the distance between the sciatic nerve and the colon at the closest point?

Is it possible that a full colon impinges on the sciatic nerve? Is there anything that physically separates the sciatic nerve from the colon?
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Do males of all sexual species have Y chromosomes?

I know for instance some cells are sexual, so, this got me wondering, do the males of all species that have distinct sexes have Y chromosomes?
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Can sexual selection operate in temperature dependent sex determining organisms?

Or more broadly, are distinct forms of genetic inheritance (ie. sex chromosomes) needed for sexual selection? My thinking was that since there are no sex determining loci, there could not be linkage ...
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Selection for less efficient egg transfer in Human Botfly life cycle

I have heard that the Human Botfly transfers its eggs through other invertebrates [1], and it strikes my curiosity that if an insect could simply land on its host directly to deposit its eggs, then ...
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268 views

What is the biochemical reason for mental fatigue?

Is it known exactly why the brain needs sleep? What's dropping low / going high when we experience mental fatigue? I can see why low glucose could result in mental fatigue, are other reasons known?
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Is there a consensus on the CaMV 35S minimal promoter sequence?

We have an algal enhancer element and a transcription factor that probably binds it. Basal expression of the enhancer element or full promoter driving luciferase in tobacco protoplast was extremely ...
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29 views

How do we call a region of low carrying capacity?

I am looking for a convenient word to define a region of the landscape where the local carrying capacity (population size) for a given species is low but different from zero. The species is still ...
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Marker validation using transcriptome and genomic sequences derived from a single cell

I conducted a SSR marker analysis using bioinformatic tool on some RNA-seq data of human tissues. Now, my supervisor believed that we have to validate these SSR on a transcriptomic and genomic ...
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Why does hair turn grey or white, and why does it happen later for some?

The question is pretty simple: what is happening molecularly when hair turns grey or white? I would imagine that it is due to the lack of a particular compound. I'm also interested in why some ...
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27 views

What is the antagonist of epinephrine?

Norepinephrine and epinephrine have similar stimulant properties on the nervous system and the body. I was wondering which hormone is the antagonist of epinephrine?
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105 views

How small does a nanobot have to be to “swim through the brain” and access any neuron it wants to?

I read on this question What is in the space between neurons in a brain? that there is actually not much empty space in a brain. But my question is slightly different. Is there a visual demonstration ...
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Why do only two sexes exist for animals?

Why, from the natural selection point of view, do only two sexes exist for animals?
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What is pQTL and why do we need eQTL?

eQTLs are genomic loci that contribute to variation in expression levels of mRNAs (wikipedia). There is data out there that shows that ~60% of the time, the amount of mRNA in a cell is directly ...
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How do plants get carbon?

How do plants get carbon? From air or soil? How is it different for aquatic plants and algae? According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soil_organic_matter soil has 3.3 times the size of the ...
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Case study and speculations on the brain of Edward Mordake

I am very interested in the case of the man named Edward Mordake who lived in the 19th century. In particular, he had two faces. If you have not heard of this man, please, search this up as there are ...
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Why is 2 sexes in an organism so common? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is a super simple question, but why do a lot of species have only 2 sexes? Some species just have 1 sex, but I've never heard of an organism having 3 sexes, for example. 3 sexes seems ...
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Does anyone have some references on using metal halide lamps in a greenhouse? [migrated]

I am looking for some references to use Metal Halide Lamp in green house. Is there some one can recommend me the specification (also the function), brand and the supplier (if possible)?. Many thanks ...
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Should we induce fever to assist healing?

I am currently reading "The Fundamentals of Anatomy Physiology" 10th edition, and have found it an incredibly interesting book. I have just been reading about the lymphatic system, and the various ...
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1answer
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genes map to eQTL/pQTL

Of the 192 target genes, 79 map to a significant eQTL or pQTL in at least one dietary condition. is the line for a paper "Multilayered Genetic and Omics Dissection of Mitochondrial Activity in ...
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1answer
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What would happen if most the fat in your body was rapidly converted into energy in 2 minutes? [closed]

It all started out as an argument I had with my friend.He said that "it would be the equivalent of catching a fire and burning" But all I thought would happen is that you would now be very hyper ...
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1answer
22 views

How to validate the use of an anti-virus monoclonal antibody in IHC by spiking a fresh organ with infected cultured cells?

I have assessed the specificity of a particular monoclonal antibody against a virus by immunofluorescence. I'd like to further validate it by testing it by IHC. Therefore I'd like to infect cells in ...
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What is a good source that will help me classify protists?

I am a 15 year old that enjoys looking at the micro world. The only issue that I have is that I can't find a good online source that will help me classify the name of the micro organism that I'm ...
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Size of the glycan chain in a glycosylated protein

I would like to know where I can found the (experimental/estimated) distribution of glycans sizes attached to proteins.
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2answers
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Is it possible to pet/groom birds?

I wonder if it's possible to pet a domestic crow, or an owl. Do birds respond to grooming as cats or dogs, for example? If so, then how does one pet a bird?
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Nicotine and plants [duplicate]

I hear that nicotine, produced by Nicotiana tabacum, is poisonous to the plant itself, which is why it accumulates the nicotine in the central cell vacuole. If so, why is nicotine produced in the ...
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0answers
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How do non-dimorphic birds distinguish sex of possible partners/rivals?

Some birds, such as my pet Pionus chalcopterus, are not sexually dimorphic. People can't tell them apart, and even trained avian vets are not 100% certain with an inspection probing the vent. I ...
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Effect of cytokines on dengue virus [closed]

I want to know what sort of effect the following cytokines would have on dengue virus: IL-1β, IL-10, PAF, S1P, and TNF-α. 1) What sort interactions do they have? That is how one cytokine ...
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0answers
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Proteins denaturation and natural selections

Which are the advantages, in terms of natural selection, of the denaturation of the proteins during the food preparation? Or in other terms, is it more important the reductions of bacteria in the food ...
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1answer
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What is the “leaky valve” between the esophagus and stomach?

When someone talks about there being a "leaky valve" between the esophagus and the stomach, what is the exact biological structure they are talking about? This would be a structure that, when ...
4
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1answer
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How long is saliva viable?

Does anyone know if saliva can stay viable for about 5 days, before it gets suspended into a DNA genealogy vial for testing? Background: My brother wants to do a DNA genealogy test at a US testing ...
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Do birds emit infrared?

I'm an electronics engineering student and I am going to use a sensor that detects infrared emitted by birds that invade rice paddies. My question is: Do birds emit infrared radiation? I know that ...
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Some sort of Lymantriidae caterpillar?

I found this larva in Sweden in July. It was about 15 mm long. It reminded me of Orgyia antiqua that I've seen before, but smaller and with a somewhat different colouration.
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Why perform imputation?

Genetics datasets contain measurements for millions of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Some (usually small) percentage of these values are of low confidence, and are labeled as missing values. ...
4
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1answer
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Why does a wound itch while it's healing?

During healing of wound (almost in final stage) it begins to itch a lot around wound. I wondering what the reason for this is?
2
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1answer
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Do the enzymes and compounds in saliva help with stain removal?

Does spitting on stains help with removal? Saliva is high in amylase that should help with the breakdown of protein rich stains like blood and semen. It also contains antimicrobial enzymes and ...
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Cure for high anti TPO levels to attain pregnancy successfully [migrated]

Can a person with high anti tpo levels be treated to have successful pregnancy ? Does intralipid infusion help in this process ? Does prednisone help in this process ?
2
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Can mutation rate be increased for instance by mutagenesis targeting the DNA polymerase?

I am studying a non-cultivable bacterium living in an insect host, and I would like to generate some random mutants of this bacteria while preserving the insect. I am wondering if one way to do so ...
2
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1answer
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Differential gene expression analysis between species

I have RNA Seq data from mouse and human skin ( 2 replicates each) and want to compare the expression of the orthologous genes to find any which are differentially expressed. I have quantile ...
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2answers
648 views

Why are potassium channels slower than sodium channels?

I am relatively new in the subject of biology. I have a strong mathematical background and in order to get into the field of computational neuroscience, I am trying to get some biological background. ...
3
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1answer
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hummingbird feeders - is sugar water healthy for them?

The top results on google for DIY hummingbird feeder suggest a white-sugar solution for the feed. In humans we make a big deal about processed sugar vs. the sugar you get from, say, eating a piece of ...
2
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1answer
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Staining cells for FACS at 4 degrees or ambient temperature

I'm sorting a 293 derived line. One thing that is worrisome for me is cell viability after the sort. Usually I have been staining and washing at room temperature (on the benchtop) on a nutator. I have ...

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