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Why do we need red blood cells?

From what I know, the main function of red blood cells is hemoglobin transport. So, why do we need cells packed with hemoglobin: why can't it travel freely in the bloodstream? My own thoughts were: ...
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What are the genus and species name of different breeds of dog?

Can you refer me to a good source containing the genus and species name of different breeds of dogs?
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Lateral corticospinal tract and termination

I'm studying the motor pathways of the brain and I'm a bit confused about how the lateral corticospinal tract descends. From Neuroanatomy: Text and Atlas by ...
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What is the mechanism of reflex arcs?

When a reflex arc occurs the signal from the receptor passes straight to the motor neuron instead of being passed onto the brain. This is a rather simplistic explanation, I was hoping to make it more ...
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Are there organisms that have incorporated plastic into their lives?

Are there organisms that have incorporated (manmade) plastic into their lives in any way? Either in their diet, or as a part of their body?
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Regarding benign tumors and what 'stops' them

Benign tumors can grow to dangerous size yet are they capable of metastisizing ; if not what stops this? Also with a benign tumor if you call its cells 'near' its edges its tumor 'cell wall' I was ...
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About the plight of Elephants and efforts to conserve them? [closed]

Poachers are only after the ivory horns right? I read this story from the New York Times ( I think) of saving a Rhinocerous by some Park Rangers and a Vet. ( forgive spelling) ; they tranquilized the ...
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Nystagmus drug FDA approval?

Congenital Nystagmus is an eye focusing disorder. It happens in manuals. Wikipedia lists several treatments on its page. Are any of those FDA approved for human use of that disease. drugs found ...
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are cranial nerves responsible for the fault mechanism [duplicate]

how speech is produce and why people stammer during the speech. What factor is culprite for the fault mechanism? Is it nerves?
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MRI with lots of white matter.

Why might an MRI show a large amount of white matter and a low amount of gray matter yet have a full skull with little shrinkage in an above average intelligence primate?
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How to visualize the ECM?

Specifically, I'd like to look at changes in HA (hyaluronic acid) production. Most often you only see people staining the cell surface or removing cells from culture for fixation and then imaging. ...
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Alternatives to trypsin for cell detachment?

I have ran out of trypsin and need to passage my cells (immortalized chondrocytes, C28/I2) today or tomorrow. I have been out of town and forgot to order more trypsin. I was wondering if there are ...
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Why is gynodioecy common and androdioecy rare?

Gynodioecy is when a population features individuals that produce both male and female gametes and individuals that produce just female gametes. Androdioecy is when a population features individuals ...
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How does protein denaturation work?

I was wondering how protein denaturation works. Are there covalent bonds, such as disulfide bridges involved, or is it based purely on non-covalent bonds such as hydrogen bonds? Why is denaturation ...
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How does high-fidelity of DNA replication depend on the formation of hydrogen bonds?

Replication has an error rate of less than 1 in 100 million. DNA polymerase forms H-bond with the H-bond acceptor atoms in the minor groove. <-- enhance fidelity here? Binding of the triphosphate ...
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How long does the Ebola virus remain infectious on contaminated items or surfaces?

I'm sure there will be variation depending on what the contaminated item or surface is made of - linens, I could imagine, would remain dangerous for longer than a door-knob. But if the items are not ...
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How many cells in apical meristem

How many cells are there in the apical meristematic tissue? Looking at this picture... I would tend to think that there are few hundreds (maybe only a hundred) cells in the meristem tissue. But I ...
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Can Hepatitis be caused by Bacteria?

There are many information about viral hepatitis. But it is interesting for me, can bacteria cause the hepatitis too?
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What are the disadvantages of forbidding flights to and from the African Ebola region?

After looking through the available Stack Exchange sites, this one seems to come closest to the appropriate place to ask... Popular opinion, including my own, is that banning flights to and from the ...
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Does DNA replication in 5' to 3' (leading strand) need RNA primase?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27TxKoFU2Nw In the above video it shows that during DNA replication, the lagging strand require RNA primase to add 3' -OH group for further addition of nucleotides. ...
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What are the risks of elevating the legs too regularly and when tired?

I started to to think the pathophysiology of elevating legs high next to the wall too often and when you are tired. I think possible manifestations some damage to valves of the veins (No!) because ...
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Book-recommendation: Biochemistry

I need to have a book which covers following topics two may also be fine: (a) Structure and role of carbohydrates, fats, fatty acids and cholesterol, proteins and amino-acids, nucleic acids. ...
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Book-recommendation: Economic Zoology

I need to have a book which covers following topics two may also be fine: (a) Apiculture, sericulture, lac culture, carp culture, pearl culture, prawn culture, vermiculture. (b) Major infectious ...
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When we vomit how are the contents transferred to stomach/esophagus?

For example if a neurotoxin is to be flushed out through vomiting, it will be absorbed into blood and then sent to stomach/gut. Where does this transfer from blood to gut occur?
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Problems understanding membrane potential

I understand that membrane potential is the difference of the extracellular and intracellular ionic charges, due to their concentrations. We say that the extracellular space has a charge of 0 and then ...
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Understanding intra and extracelullar concentrations (membrane potential)

I have 4 question (not homework) What happens to the cells membrane potential if: a) Na+ outside rises by 40mM b) K+ inside rises by 10mM c) K+ outside rises by 10mM d) A- (impermeable ion) ...
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Exon skipping in mammals

I've heard from several sources that the predominant form of alternative splicing (at least in mammals) is exon skipping. However, my personal evidence is only anecdotal: I've heard it and read it, ...
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Cost of Substitution explained

I've recently come across an article that mentions "Cost of Substitution" and was wondering if someone can give me a real layman's term explanation of what that is. (Edited:) This was in relation to ...
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Why can you not tickle yourself?

It's the age old question, why can't we tickle ourselves? If you rub your fingers along your skin, sure there's sensation but you don't break down into a laughing fit (at least I don't :P), if someone ...
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Where do migratory birds go when it rains?

I was reading a comic from XKCD which inspired me to ask this question: "well, where do they go when it rains?" I know that when it rains you usually don't see any birds flying through the sky. I ...
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What are some of the general characteristics of the DH5 alpha strain?

I can not find some useful sources unfortunately. Please tell me about some important characteristics of DH5 alpha. What makes DH5 alpha suitable for the gene cloning?
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Frequency response of auditory system of the moth

This paper describes the dynamic behavior of moth auditory system. I was wondering at what frequencies range (roughly) does the moth auditory system produce little or no response to ultrasonic ...
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Why can't we smell our own bad breath? [closed]

Why can't we smell our own bad breath. Is there any way we can do that?
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Cardiac Excitation Threshold - in C++ modelling [closed]

So I am trying to write a code in C++ about the cardiac excitation threshold. I know that this excitation threshold is the shortest stimulus2 value at which it can conduct an action potential (known ...
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Do plants absorb toxins from the soil?

Consider a plant like Aloe Vera that grows up in a toxic environment where the concentration of pesticides, and materials like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic etc is very high(e.g. Marshland dumping ...
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Why is it called “Ebola virus disease”, not just “Ebola” or “Ebola disease”?

Why do scientists (pretty consistently) call it Ebola virus disease, rather than just Ebola, or Ebola disease? Many other diseases are caused by viruses, but they don't seem to have this detail of ...
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Is there a known glucosepane cross-link breaker?

I read the following on wikipedia: There is, however, no agent known that can break down the most common AGE, glucosepane, which appears 10 to 1,000 times more common in human tissue than any ...
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What (if anything) about tuberculosis makes producing a highly effective vaccine difficult?

What about tuberculosis makes it difficult to produce a safe vaccine that is effective at producing an immunogenic response in >99% of individuals against all strains of the bacteria? I am aware of ...
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Why is it better to drink room temperature water instead of cold water?

My teacher told me that drinking water that is room temperature is better for you then drinking cold water, but she did not tell me why that is. I want to know because I often drink cold water (with ...
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A history of infectious diseases [closed]

So I'm thinking about the Ebola outbreak. I'm wondering is this something that can be contained? Will this disease ultimately become a pandemic without a vaccine becoming available? The response I'm ...
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How easy is it to detect most vitamins' concentration from a handheld device? [closed]

How easy is it to detect most vitamins' concentration from a handheld device? I am wondering why didn't something like that get created yet? Do tests to detect vitamins differ significantly from one ...
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Dog with failing vision - how can we help [migrated]

Our border collie is getting old. Her eyes are beginning to fail and there are clear signs of cataracts. She seems to sometimes feel stressed when she encounters stripes of contrasting colours. ...
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Are some facial features more important than others in human facial recognition?

I'm often surprised by the human ability to correctly identify other individuals despite significant modifications due to ageing, hairstyle, injury etc. But, sometimes the addition of a beard and a ...
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What insect is this on the photos?

What insect is this on these photos? Found in Russia in the living room.
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Why is the ebola virus so intense now?

So i'm looking into the ebola crisis and it seems the death toll is really getting crazy. I understand that it's a cytomegalovirus and that it basically overwhelms the immune system due to it's size ...
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Can inverted microscope also be phase contrast microscope?

I've read somewhere that inverted microscope also allows phase contrast microscopy. Is that true? Do all inverted microscope have this ability? Do they have any other functions? Many thanks in ...
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Is the brain functionally symmetrical?

I understand that each half of the human brain handles different parts of our thinking. Left brain, right brain, that whole topic. But in pictures, the brain is always depicted as having symmetrical ...
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How isolated are different areas of the brain?

I'm interested in understanding how isolated different parts of the brain are from each-other. I'm trying to understand the way that different sections of the brain work together. More specifically, ...
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Why is coconut oil healthier when it has so much saturated fat?

I noticed that coconut oil has ~96% saturated fat, and I was under the assumption that saturated fats = bad for health. Why is it that coconut oil is healthier to alternatives with much less ...
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How can ingesting a prion “infect” someone?

That's something that's been bugging me for a while... Our gastrointestinal tract produces proteases that degrade proteins. Prions are proteins. Shouldn't they be broken by proteases? Also, how can ...

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