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What are the theories behind zootoxin evolution?

I've always wondered how toxins secreted or emitted by certain organisms has evolved. Particularly, organisms that produce toxins as a deterrent to predators as opposed to organisms that use it to ...
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Do a patient's cells have a higher or lower resistance to hemolysis?

There is this answered question in my book, but I don't understand the solution. A sick patient's blood cells have hemolysis in a NaCl solution 5g/l and in normal people blood cells hemolysis happens ...
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BSA for trouble shooting failed PCRs?

I am using PCR to amplify a 1000bp region of the CytB mt gene. Some of the samples had not amplified and I wish to change the reaction components (or use additives like BSA) to attempt at getting ...
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How can insects survive without an adaptive immune system?

How can insects survive in a world full of pathogens that are able to defeat the innate immune system?
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E value cutoff for RNASeq search

I am trying to narrow down the possible search criteria from an RNASeq experiment. I already have the cds sequences so I took these and used Blast+ program to blast the data against itself to find ...
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Albinism inheritance problem: what are the father's alleles if he got an albino kid?

Albinism is caused by a recessive gen "c". A normal man marries an albino woman. The first son happened to be albino. What are the possible phenotypes of the parents? What is the chance that ...
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Is there a relationship to hibernation, metabolically stymied life… and lifespan? [on hold]

This photo of an insect is in what I can assume is metabolic stasis, for lack of a better word .... it seems to be "hibernating". Question Is there a relationship between hibernation and this ...
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Why do orcas eat only the tongue of whales, liver of sharks, etc.?

I noticed that although killer whales are clearly the top predator living in the present oceans, some of them appear to be very picky with their meals. After spending hours hunting down a whale, ...
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Looking for university/graduate-level texts on RNA

Although I was not a biology major in college, I took the biology introduction sequence, as well as organic chemistry and biochemistry. I would like to learn more about RNA and ribozymes. What ...
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What exactly is extreme heterozygosity and how does it work? [on hold]

Of course, I know in reference to apples. I also understand homozygous diploid pairs, like pp or PP, and heterozygous pairs like pP and Pp, and hetero/homozygous dominance and recession all that good ...
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How do you Assay DNA helicase? [closed]

I was told you compare the activity of DNA helicase by its migration in a denatured reaction to the experimental reaction, is it because you would not see any activity when the helicase is added to a ...
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Does polyploidy always isolate the polyploids from the diploid source population?

I am receiving conflicting information while researching polyploid speciation. On the one hand, some sources state that a polyploid can only reproduce sexually with polyploids having the same number ...
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What is this fish?! Is it even real?

According to a guy in a Facebook group I belong to, this fish was caught in the Missouri River near Omaha, NE, US. I have never seen one like it in my life, not in person or photo or anywhere. What on ...
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Can people with AIDS get tattoos?

When I do a Google search, most of the results are about whether or not people can get HIV / AIDS from getting a tattoo through dirt needles. I am, however, curious whether or not it is possible to ...
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How can a chromosome translocation in somatic cells lead to disease?

Looking at this picture... ...I get the impression that the part of chromosome is attached to other chromosome, but it is not mutated. When we assume that all genes in the translocated part are ...
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Explanation about cytogenetic notation

What is the correct meaning of cytogenetic notation "inv(4)(p13q22)" ? Inversions at chromosome 4, at the p arm 13 is inverted AND at q arm 22 is inverted OR Inversions at chromosome 4, the ...
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Decomposition Rate of A Body In A Wet Environment

I have a photo of a decomposing dog which is in a water logged environment. My peers and I are debating how long that body has been decomposing. They are saying it is at least a year old. I however ...
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Spider Identification Illinois

I noticed a really huge, beautiful web on my porch last week, and tonight, I discovered its resident. I'm thinking it's a Araneus diadematus (Cross Orbweaver), but was hoping for some confirmation. ...
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How much does the nutritional value of insects depend on what they're fed? [closed]

Insects are often touted as being the food of the future due to their nutritional value and small amount of resources required to raise them. However, how dependent is the nutritional value of an ...
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Unsure why Synechococcus moves at angle in cuvette

I'd really appreciate your help. I'm working with Synechococcus. In my experiment, I have Synechococcus in a solution of milli-Q water. I illuminated it with a focused white light through a pinhole ...
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Do mutations come in pairs? [closed]

As DNA is organized in a double-helix, a change in one strand must be accompanied by a corresponding change in the other strand. Let's say an original sequence CATCAT mutates into CATGAT. The other ...
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How is Glycophorin A and straphylococcal related to Escherichia coli and what does readily purified mean in this context?

I am reviewing the paper "Glycophorin A Dimerization Is Driven by Specific Interactions between Transmembrane Alpha-Helices." There is a statement in the abstract which I don't understand: "The ...
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1answer
56 views

How did people's liking of ceremonies evolve? [closed]

Habitual group activities are prevalent across many animal species, particularly in mammals, especially in primates. However, I do not see any evolutionary benefit of this. 'Ceremonies' take time, ...
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Cut strand of hair longevity?

Quick and useless question : what can be the longevity of a cut strand of hair, assuming we kept it in (good) normal conditions ? Any idea ?
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How does drug-induced photosensitivity work?

Some drugs (tetracyclines, for instance) can cause photosensitivity reactions—that is, some patients become extremely sensitive to the sun, developing rashes or inflammation after spending time ...
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Does alcohol really do more damage to the body of a child compared to an adult?

Beside the fact that children and teens (people under the age of 18 year) usually have less body weight than the average adult, is there a biologically fundamental difference between the damage done ...
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Best articles on Rad51/Rad52

What are the best journal articles to read on Rad51/Rad52 in the context of homologous recombination and cancer?
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Interaction study of oligomeric proteins

I'm dealing with two different protein(say, protein_a and protein_b) which stays in an interacting-oligomeric form in biological system. I have so far successfully been able to purify both the ...
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When does DIFFUSION occur and not OSMOSIS, and the otherwise?

For example, I do know that red blood cells have both the Na+/Cl- co-transporter and Aquaporin (water channel) that allows both Na/Cl and water molecules to pass through. But why in biology textbooks ...
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Difference between Category, Rank and Taxon

Is there any differences between the terms Category, Rank and Taxon or they all are same? I remember an explanation which goes on like this: Category and Rank are the same and are the categories of ...
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Cause-and-effect questions about growth and development of plant

I need to solve some cause-and-effect problems. The problems are related to growth and development of plant. "Growth and Development" chapter is the first chapter in third level of high school (senior ...
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What happened to my immune system? [closed]

when I was a child I had frequent asthma attacks, skin rashes from touching pretty much anything and my joitns were swelling, also my eyes would get inflammation all the time. It has since subsided ...
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1answer
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Is the PCT of the nephrons of the kidneys of marine vertebrates to minimize the natural tendency for exosmosis?

For marine vertebrates, the concentration of salts outside their body (in the water, that is) is more than that inside their body. So, there is a natural tendency for exosmosis to occur. To minimise ...
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How to get Population Genotype Frequency from 1000 genomes Perl API

Posted a similar question on Biostars but got no response. Not sure if I'm allowed to link to it? Basically I want to pull genotype frequency data for a population group (such as CEU) instead of ...
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Why do we itch? [duplicate]

Here I have a simple question why do we itch? Is it because of some alteration of the skin or just a reflex action by the CNS? I am asking for a reasoned scientific answer to this.
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Is the sun's damage to skin sufficient to warrant protection anytime the average person goes outside or just for extended periods?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology website, Everyone needs sunscreen Sunscreen should be used every day if you will be outside. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. ...
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Cis-AB phenotype verification

I know that my blood type is AB. I wanted to know if I am cis-AB since cis-AB seems to have a different approach in blood transfusion. Is there a lab test that can verify is a person is under cis-AB ...
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Are genes uniformly dispersed throughout the genome?

I think that telomeres and centromeres are regions with a very low gene content (= regions that contain few genes). To the exception of telomeres and centromeres, are genes uniformly distributed ...
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Is there a correlation between mutation rate and recombination rate?

I have in mind that homologous recombination (HR) can cause mutations (indels and substitutions). I am wondering if this is true and if it is, then I am wondering whether this effect is really ...
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Why is the brain white?

I have read many articles about how the brain is the most power-hungry organ in any living complex organism, requiring about 70% of it's oxygen supplies in the resting state. Since the usual medium ...
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Fruit Fly Hybrids

I have a food waste bin in which I put fruit scraps. The fruits come from all over the world, mainly Europe though. I'm in the UK. I assume the fruit Fly eggs are already in the fruit, in which ...
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Frequently Mutated Gene Definition

I have a question regarding defining frequently mutated genes which I was hoping someone could answer. Basically I have a list of 40 cell lines and 100 genes, and for each gene a cell line is ...
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Why would mutation rates increase in a tumour?

This article describes a tumour: Swanton found that even the primary tumour was surprisingly varied. He found 128 mutations among the various samples, but only a third of these were common to all ...
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does phagocytosis dependent on opsonization?

does phagocytotic activity of macrophages and neutrophils depends on opsonization by IGg (antibody) and C3 complex,if it does, so then why macrophages and neutrophils are categorized in Innate immune ...
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Ways to fight black mold

Is it possible to introduce a microorganism to a colony of black mold that will kill off the black mold entirely and permanently? Is there a common microorganism that likes to eat them and is harmless ...
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Is the swimming pool water harmful to frogs who jump in? If so, how?

Here is an odd question: Frogs have permeable skin. Indeed, via capillary action, frogs absorb water through their skin. Chlorine is in principle a harmful substance. I am sure what percentage of ...
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Madrid, Noise by the river: Bird or cricket?

I currently live in Madrid, Spain. In July there was a loud animal near the river, in an out of town area surrounded by grassland, with trees along the river. It's continued into August, though it ...
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If Tumors have lots of mutations in them how is it the immune system can't detect them?

If a cancerous tumor has a lot of mutations in them why can't the immune system detect them? If a person has cancer could this somehow alter the person's immune system so it doesn't function ...
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If nerve consists of many axons, where are then their soma located?

This question has haunted me for two years. Wikipedia mentions : A nerve is an enclosed, cable-like bundle of axons (the long, slender projections of neurons) in the peripheral nervous system. ...
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How long do human egg cell grow up?

I read article about alcohol harm where written that child may bear with birth defect cause mother used to drink alcohol 10 years ago so egg cell stay damages that long. I don't believe that human ...

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