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Almost philosophical question about controlling a pest/plague

Once in a math congress someone presented a paper on a mathematical model used to predict the impact of certain measures that could be taken in order to control some pest/plague. A guy in the audience ...
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How do we look inside the cell?

My sister is in 9th grade biology and her teacher avoided answering the question of how we actually study the inside of a cell. I haven't taken biology in a while but I'd like to give her an answer. ...
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How to determine if this blood disorder is recessive or dominant?

This question is from "Concepts of Genetics," Klug & Cummings, 10e. "Thalassemia is an inherited anemic disorder in humans. Affected individuals exhibit either a minor anemia or a major anemia. ...
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Pituitary giants - is the fusing of growth plates dependent on amount of growth hormone in blood?

I wanted to ask a couple questions related to pituitary giants (people who are giants because of some anomaly, such as a tumor, in their pituitary gland). Some of these giants seem to keep growing ...
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What is the biological basis for tiredness after eating?

I can sometimes feel quite drowsy after some "meals" (e.g. a cold cut & cheese sandwich with juice on the side) and less drowsy (or maybe less often) after others (such as a salad). This ...
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How to prevent e coli from clumping (for FACS)?

I'm performing FACS on e coli, but the cells are clumping together so each event is multiple cells. I ran a control where I had one flask of e coli expressing GFP, and one flask expressing RFP. Run ...
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Why don't stem cell therapies use viruses?

Why don't stem cell therapies use a virus to deliver gene editing sequences to stem cells instead of the harvesting-transformation-transplant route. I thought it might be because of a lack of ...
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How does vasoconstriction/vasodilation change blood pressure?

Background: I am coming at this question from an electrical engineering background, and I feel like I am missing certain assumptions that are going into the statement found in my physiology textbook, ...
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What were the first neural systems like?

I'm curious about the origin of the neural network. I'm thinking perhaps once life evolved beyond the single cell organism, it needed a simple neural network to coordinate those cells, and cell ...
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Factors for sensitivity to electric shock

I'm frequently getting electric shocks in my office when touching things. I basically know why this happens and how to avoid it. Still I started to wonder what would be the best way to touch ...
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Death Psychology [closed]

Why do we sympathize in general when we see something or someone dying even if we personally don't know it/them? Is there any species which sympathize with the death of its own species? Is there any ...
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Do any flowers grow at the bottom of the ocean? [closed]

There is a debate over this. I believe flowers do grow at the bottom of the ocean, deep in depths of at least 100 feet. Do any flowers grow at the bottom of the ocean, or deeper in oceans? Yes or no? ...
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What shows how healthy someone is by their heart rate? [closed]

What shows how healthy someone is by their heart rate - how low it is at resting pulse or how low it is during exercise or how large the difference is between the resting rate and rate with load? Any ...
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If we change our breathing rate so easily, then what is the point of measuring it?

When we are self-conscious of our own breathing, its rate changes very easily. Therefore, if it changes so easily, what is the point in measuring it? Thank you for your time and effort
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Cell evolution: immortality vs reproduction

Many sci fi movies produce interesting ideas and technologies that we seem to be able to realize in real life at some point. "Lucy" was not one of those movies. But Morgan Freeman's speech in the ...
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What are the advantages of blood's redness? [closed]

Although this page (http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evosite/evo101/IIIE5aNotadaptation.shtml) denounces the idea that blood's redness is not an adaptation, I remain inquisitive on the matter since no ...
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why is DNA antiparallel? Can it be parallel?

My biology textbook mentions that DNA is antiparallel and it got me wondering... Can DNA be parallel? What would happen if it was parallel? could DNA still replicate right?
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Glycerol 3-phosphate nomenclature

Why is Glycerol 3-phosphate named in such way? Shouldn't it be named as Glycerol 1-phosphate by proper IUPAC- nomenclature?
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Which came first in hominid evolution: language or bipedalism? [closed]

I suspect both language-use and upright-posture have anatomical consequences. So does the fossil record show which came first? NOTE: To the folks who marked this question "homework": This is ...
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Why is ATP the main nucleoside triphosphate used to exchange energy? [duplicate]

Out of all of the nucleoside triphosphates what makes ATP the most used? Is it its structure? The amount of energy it contains? Why is GTP not used as much? What is the deal with the other nucleoside ...
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Parallels between pixelized image and the human retina

On Wikipedia it is explained that the human eye has a certain 'resolution'. Does this mean that the retinal image consists of pixels? If yes, what shape would these pixels have?
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In a typical population, what might the percentage of plants be to predators and everything inbetween?

I'm not sure if this will be a simple question that is almost a natural law for an ecologist, or a complex serious of assumptions. I vaguely remember from school that only 10% of the energy is ...
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Evolution and Death [closed]

I am curious about how evolution views death. I am splitting the question in response to the broad question flag. Is there any species that welcomes death (meaning does not flee/fear death)? Why ...
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Known ways to modify the genetic structure of the 13 loci used in CODIS

After reading the answer to Does our DNA change during our lives?, I was wondering if and how it would be possible to change the structure of the 13 loci that are used in the CODIS database, in such a ...
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Why do adults lose hearing at high frequencies?

Children and teens can hear high pitched sounds that adults can't hear anymore. Why do adults lose high-frequency hearing?
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Why is water a polar molecule? [closed]

Also, what is the definition of polar in this case? (9th Grade) Does it have to do with the bonds it makes?
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Multi-modal distribution for gene expression data

Why would some genes have more than two modes in their expression distribution? What external factors would cause this anomaly? I'm referring to the expression distribution of a gene across different ...
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how do macrophages have the capacity to digest pathogen in opsonization

how do macrophages have the capacity to digest pathogen in opsonization but not in the first time when the pathogen is new and they play the role of antigen presenting cells(APCs) first ...
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Why is heterochromatin localized next to nuclear lamina?

The heterochromatin is generally localized at the nuclear periphery (also near nuclear lamina), whereas active genes are preferentially found in the nuclear interior. Children with ...
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Why draw blood from veins rather than arteries?

Why draw blood from veins rather than arteries? Is it more convenient or safer?
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How semi-synthetic cell with artificial DNA works

I know that by now this is old new but I heard that a cell that used a synthetic pair of nucleotides, called X and Y, have been made. My question was, how did the cell understand the X and Y ...
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How many different kinds of polypeptides, each composed of 12 amino acids, could be synthesized using the 20 common amino acids?

How many different kinds of polypeptides, each composed of 12 amino acids, could be synthesized using the 20 common amino acids? The book's answer is $20^{12}$. However, I disagree. This result ...
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Why asexual reproduction?

When I took a course on genetics and evolution, I learned that recombination and sexual reproduction is advantageous compared to asexual reproduction. Sexual reproduction allows more combinations of ...
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How does DNA damage cause ageing in yeast?

As I understand it, in yeast ageing there is daughter cell and mother cell. The daughter cell is has newly "fresh" DNA and mother cell dies after some counts of replication. What happens to the ...
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Energy metabolism in Cancer cells

The TCA cycle intermediate Isocitrate dehydrogenase commonly undergoes point mutations in cancers. This allows IDH to reduce a-Ketogluterate to 2Hydoxygluterate, causing a reduction in pVHLs ability ...
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What’s the reason for isovolumic contraction and isovolumic relaxation?

During cardiac cycle, there are two periods in which the heart volume doesn’t change, but there is a change in tension/pressure. It takes about 0.25-0.35 second to achieve this change. I searched in ...
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How do you call that part of the muscle that connects directly to the bone?

When you open up a chicken leg or a clam and you remove the meat, there is this little part that is connected to the bone and is not easily scraped off. What is this part called and what mechanism ...
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How to do whole genome sequence alignment in R or Ruby/C++, any good language? [closed]

I need to perform tuberculosis mutation analysis. First step I need to do is to align sequences in fasta format against one reference file. i tried CLC genomics workstation --- it hangs on 60 000 ...
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Is it dangerous to rub closed eyes?

Phosphene from rubbing the closed eyes where first described at least since Ancient Greece, but I caught myself thinking that I wouldn't want to try it out. So I wonder, how safe it is to actually rub ...
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inter codon mutation statistical analysis

I am looking for an statistical approach to inter codon mutations. for example a 64*64 (64*63 actually) table, that contain the possibility of mutation from one codon to another codon (CCA to CAA or ...
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Why after physical activity I see flickering concentric circles? [duplicate]

After prolonged hard physical exercise such as running uphill I sometimes experience rapidly vibrating black-and-white concentric circles for a few minutes, looking like a sinusoidal zone plate, small ...
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Why am I feeling more hungry when lying on my back? [closed]

I noticed that when I lie on my back I feel more hungry than in all other positions. How is it possible?
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How is atrial muscle stimulated, when the Atrioventricular (AV) Node is heart main pacemaker? [closed]

When the sinoatrial (SA) node is blocked, the atrioventricular (AV) node is heart pacemaker and controls ventricular contraction. The heart then beats 40-60 times per minute. What happens to atrial ...
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What free software is the best for the alignment and phylogenetic tree construction from the two or more .fasta whole genome sequence files?

What free software is the best for the alignment and phylogenetic tree construction from two or more .fasta whole genome sequence files? I have tried to run alignment using CLC Genomics workbench ...
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How to build gene interaction network based on correlation between gene expression values using software like Cytoscape and R?

How to build gene interaction network based on correlation between gene expression values using software like Cytoscape and R or smth else? I have .tab with gene names and total expression values. ...
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Is it possible that a set of functionally related proteins in a pathway fulfill different functions?

Could it be that a given pathway of enzymes (or proteins in general) may fulfill different purposes in a cell by for shifting partners? Say protein A activates B, B activates C and C has a specific ...
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What effects does being cryogenically frozen have on a person's body? [closed]

I'm wondering what effects are known to happen to a person's cells when a person is cryogenically frozen, especially those that need to be overcome in order to "bring them back to life." From a ...
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Does the size or mass of a body affect the time it takes for rigor mortis to sets in?

Does the size or mass of a body affect the time it takes for rigor mortis to sets in? For example: compare a 300 pound man to 100 pound girl to 5 pound animal.
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Grapefruits and CYP3A4

Grapefruit juice contains furanocoumarins, which irreversibly inhibit CYP3A4. For this reason, when one is taking certain medications it is necessary to not eat grapefruits because the inhibition of ...
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How much of the human body is processed sunlight?

So I believe (and correct me if I'm wrong--it's logic, not research) that the human body is pretty much all just processed sunlight based on the food chain. How much, if any, of the human body is ...

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