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Ripening bananas artificially: What is the biological reason

I am a resident of the tropical island of Sri Lanka, and we have a strange traditional method to ripen our bananas quickly. What we do is this: We dig a pit in earth that is enough to put the whole ...
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What are some places biofilms could develop?

I'm trying to think of places a biofilm could develop other than on medical equipment or food processing equipment such as stainless steel mechanized blades or knives. I'm thinking more along the ...
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What are some resources for learning biological compound(upright) microscopy ground-up?

I have done some research for a while now and have seen that most of the websites offer either superficial information(microscope-microscope.org) or use terms that are not ...
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Is the poison from Stink Bugs dangerous?

I just went to kill what I thought was a moth on the wall, and instead it fell on the floor and it sounded like dropping a coffee bean (because of the hard shell) I live in the UK and have never seen ...
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What does it mean for the signals for transcription and translation to be “conserved”?

I was reading this article: "Overview of vector design for mammalian gene expression." for an explanation of why mammalian cell lines are used for expressing cloned genes, and one of the reasons ...
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What could live inside a pillow? [closed]

I have a phobia of bugs (or other small creatures) living inside my pillow and crawling into my ear in the night. It might seem silly, but bare with me. Recently I got wondering, what organisms ...
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Where does crop biomass come from?

Each year, large volumes of crop are harvested from fields. Where does this biomass get replenished from?
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How to evolutionary explain menstrural cycles synchronization?

Sorry, I can not indicate the source, but I read that menstrual cycles of women who live in the same house over time sync. Is it true? How does it work?
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Why is the threshold between human embryo and human fetus defined as 8 weeks after fertilization?

Why is the threshold between human embryo and human fetus defined as 8 weeks after fertilization? What's happening on the 8th week? Note: definition of embryo based on Wikipedia's current ...
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How do insects survive the winter?

I had an interesting discussion today in which the question arose how insects survive in the winter. Since they need a high enough external temperature to be active, this seems a bit difficult in the ...
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Insects or Birds covering least distance but most wing moves

I was in search in of list or detail about Insects and Birds which move their wings most but cover least distance. I know that in insects house fly moves its wings about 200/sec and covers 5mph ...
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Is there a difference between polarity and hydrophobicity?

From literature the two terms seem to be interchangeable when discussing protein domains and motifs. But biochemically, what are the specific differences between these two terms? For example what is ...
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Imperfect dosage compensation

Dosage compensation is used to make up for different copy numbers of the major sex chromosomes in males and females (One X or Z chromosome in one and two in the other). Two main mechanisms of dosage ...
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What is the common diet of food-related IBS patients? Besides most patients being lactose intolerant, what other intolerances do they face?

I am currently writing a paper on irritable bowel syndrome, and I was wondering what the common diet of a patient with food-related IBS consists of. I've already begun discussing the pathogenesis of ...
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Need for two oxygen sensors in E. coli

E. coli has two oxygen sensors: FNR (fumarate-nitrate reductase) and ArcBA (Anoxic Redox Control, two component control systems). FNR directly senses the oxygen, while the interaction of ArcB with ...
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Why is LH level much higher than FSH level at ovulation?

My teacher showed us an elaborate collection of graphs with one of them showing FSH and LH plasma levels during the menstrual cycle. LH level was almost 3 times higher than FSH level. Why? Does this ...
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Examples of genes involved in plastic responses

Adaptive plasticity involves sensing the environment and responding adaptively to it. Intuitively, I would think that this process may ask for a more or less complex genetic machinery of regulation of ...
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Can you build muscles from watching point of view videos of people weightlifting?

According to this, "new research has found that viewing other people exercise actually increases your heart rate and other physiological measures, just as if you were working out yourself". This got ...
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(Updated question) Problem with Fold-change mean compared to absolute data (in qPCR)

For the problem below I am aware of the statistics involved but just can't get my finger around the following: In biology we use qPCR to measure gene expression or basically number of mRNA copies. It ...
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A subtle test for color-blindness [closed]

Is there a test method of proving a person being color-blind, without letting the test subject know, that he/she is being tested? E.g. showing the person cards with colored dots like depicted here is ...
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Animal swimming styles

Can a frog swim on its back, or it can use only the classic frog style? Does any (not specifically marine) animal exist with many different swimming styles, just like humans?
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Relieving pain by massage

How come the pain in our body, primarily due to excessive physical exercises, vanishes after having a massage? What is the mechanism?
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Do invasive species survive in the long run?

If an invasive species preys on native species, spreads widely and becomes dominant, should it not become extinct soon enough because of a lack of food?
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Does eating bananas help digestion? [closed]

I don't know what I am asking is silly or not, but I have always heard that eating a banana after a meal helps in digestion. Some people says before food while others say after. Is it a fact or some ...
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Is there a period after you have had a cold when you cannot get a cold again?

I always assumed colds ran on a 'no tagbacks' principle: once it's out of your system, it takes a while before you can get a cold again. Is there any truth to this, or can rhinoviruses hit you at any ...
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Cells with no apoptosis mechanism and their 'byproducts'

If a culture or sample of cells is such they all have no apoptosis mechanisms yet they have not been at present determined to be cancerous ; given such a cell culture is there a way to determine by ...
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Can a woman give birth to twins with different fathers?

Is it possible for a woman to conceive from two different men and give birth to half-siblings?
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How do diving marine mammals avoid decompression sickness?

How do marine mammals, whose very survival depends on regular diving, manage to avoid decompression sickness or "the bends?" Do they, indeed, avoid it?
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Drake's Law. What is the genome-wide mutation rate and what are the estimates?

Drake's rule Drake's rule states that the genome-wide mutation rate is more or less constant across all species — from E.coli to the house sparrow. Data From what I think being Drake's original ...
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Has DNA communication/interaction at a distance been empirically demonstrated?

I recently had a discussion with a statistician in my school about memory. Among other things, he told me that it has been experimentally demonstrated that when one extracts DNA from any organism and ...
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How do marine mammals control buoyancy?

Presumably, as a whale or seal dives, its lungs get compressed by the increasing water pressure, and it gets less buoyant. Under this model, for a given amount of air taken in at the surface, the ...
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Is there biological evidence for self-awareness in animals?

I am conducting an investigation into the topic of the intelligence of animals, in particular farm animals. I would be interested to hear a scientific and biologic perspective as to what is perceived ...
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Food allergen-related skin reactions and intestinal inflammation?

Are there any connections between food allergen-related skin reactions causing intestinal (or more broadly, gastrointestinal) generalized inflammation? If such a link exists, is it related to any of ...
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Why does caffeine give you so much energy, while being so low on calories?

There's definitely something I'm missing here. Since calories is a unit of measurement for energy, and caffeine seemingly gives you a lot, how can the labels on caffeinated products have such a low ...
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Are all single-celled organisms Bacteria?

I read that "Bacteria are one-celled organisms that can multiply by division", are all one-celled organisms bacteria or are there any more narrow definitions?
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Why did humans lose their fur?

The little amount of body hair humans have don't seem to be of much use for keeping warm. Our Simian cousins on the other hand sport thick furs. At which point during the species evolution and why ...
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Why are the genomes of some trees so large?

For example, the current longest known genome belongs to a tree: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-largest-genome-ever-sequenced-belongs-to-a-tree I have heard that this could potentially be ...
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Tracking of oxygen molecules in glucose oxidation

For this reaction, found in typical biochemistry textbook: $C_6H_{12}O_6 + 6O_2 \to 6CO_2 + 6H_2O$ I am interested in where do the oxygen atoms of $6O_2$ go. I think they go to $6H_2O$, but this is ...
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Local BLAST Copy Number per Hit

I generated a series of local BLAST databases using makeblastdb of metagenomic data and am searching for the presence of a particular gene. While I can do the normal BLAST analysis looking at ...
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What information can Uniprot give me about phosphorylated forms of proteins?

I have a list of proteins formatted like this: ...
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Would constant light or fading light be registered as more wakefulness promoting by the Supra Chiasmatic Nucleus?

During the fall and winter season, a number of people are experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder. One of the way it has traditionally been treated is with a dedicated lightbox - a very high ...
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human immune system

The common cold and [some?] types of influenza are self-limiting. Some microorganisms cause self-limiting diarrhea. Is tuberculosis [potentially] self-limiting or not? To put it another way, suppose ...
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Evidence & discussions of hard polytomy

Phylogenetic trees with >2 branches on a node are polytomic, and polytomy can appear on trees for two reasons. Firstly a lack of information in the data prevents proper resolution within a clade, ...
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Nucleosome wrapping direction

Does anyone know which direction the nucleosomes are wrapped? I wonder: Relative to the B-DNA double helix twist direction (right-hand) Relative to the neighbor nucleosomes. Do they alternate to ...
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Hardy Weinberg problem help!

The three common genotypes at the hemoglobin locus have very different phenotypes: SS individuals suffer from severe anemia, AS individuals have a relatively mild form of anemia but are resistant to ...
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Ultra Pasteurization and Pasteurization

What is the effect of pasteurization and ultra-pasteurization on proteins, enzymes, and nutrients found in milk and other dairy products?
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Does the tannin level in plants go down or up after they die? Or does the tannin level stay the same regardless?

Does the tannin level in plants go down or up after they die? Or does the tannin level stay the same regardless? As they decay, do they release more tannins or does the production stop?
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Do blind people learn Braille equally fast as the sighted? [closed]

The visually deprived brain undergoes extensive remodeling due to cross-modal plasticity. This leads to increased areas of the cortex being available for other purposes such as tactile processing. Now ...
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Dawn simulation - does color change affect waking up?

just curious. Are there any works or research results related to the influence of light color used for dawn simulation? I mean those wake-up lights which try to simulate dawn to make waking up better ...
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Fab : Molecular mechanism of fragment antigen binding

I would like to know about the molecular mechanism for FAB synthesis. I was able to refer some of the papers, but they discuss only the lab preparation of FAB. Where can I get the molecular procedure ...

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