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How does boiling water revive cut flowers?

A classic tip to revive wilted cut flowers is to plunge the stem into boiling water for some period of time, and then back into cold water. What process is occurring that causes the flower to be ...
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Soft and Hard selection

Seems to me that these two sources (M. Whitlock, B. Wallace) use different definitions of soft and hard selection. M. Whitlock: Soft selection occurs when the relative fitness of an individual is ...
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how can a pseudo coelomate like ascaris lay 200k eggs in a single day

as per this site the dimensions of eggs of ascaris lumbricoides are 78-105 microns and as it is shown in the pic down here only half of the body cavity would be used for storage of all the stages of ...
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A question on ImageQuantTL

I am confused about using the ImageQuantTL application as a tool to analyse the Urea Gel. My problem is that I am not sure if the 'shape' for calculation should be the same for all samples (like on ...
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List of Asymmetric Animals

The (male) Fiddler Crab is a famous example of an animal whose morphology exhibits neither mirror nor radial symmetry: (Image source) List of animals featuring external asymmetry is a Wikipedia ...
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How Behind is the Human Mind (Latency of the Senses)

I would like to know if there is any research into the latency of human perception. Particulary: What is the minimum time for various inputs (vision, touch, sound) to be recognized by the conscious ...
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Local storage of NCBI database in MongoDB [closed]

My short term goal in a project is to build a local database of the NCBI dbSNP database. The data and schema are available on the FTP site(). I was going to implement the database using MySQL, but I ...
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I2D vs STRING for protein-protein interactions

Can someone clearly explain me the differences between STRING and I2D(Interlogous interaction database) ? What does each database do best ? Which database is better for what kinds of studies etc ?
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What is this spider hunting in the tree in the night?

I took the following picture of this spider in northern Switzerland (alt: ~700m) with macro flash/lense. The picture was taken during the night in a cedar tree (Thuja occidentalis).
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Is there a superterm combining “animal line” and “cell line” in disease models?

Biologists researching diseases will frequently use animal models. The way I understand it, there are species of animals, such as "mouse", and lines of mice, such as ...
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Can dish soap really be used to kill ticks and fleas?

An answer at Pets suggested using dawn dish soap to kill fleas. I did a little looking around, and found several references supporting the idea. Most of what I found was in 'selfhelp' and 'save a ...
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In the endomembrane system, after a protein leaves the rough ER, where does it go?

It can either go to the smooth ER then to the Golgi or it can go directly to the Golgi, right? Also, the smooth ER gets all of its material to synthesize things from the rough ER, right? Sorry, I ...
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Why do insectivorous birds migrate?

Living in northern latitudes, I have always wondered why do migratory birds invest so much time and energy to travel twice a year the vast distances between their breeding grounds and wintering areas. ...
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Are people genetically predisposed to being interested in specific fields/ideas? How does specialization occur?

I'm not sure if I formulated my question well, but I'm curious about a couple statements made by Steven Pinker and and James Heckman. In this interview: ...
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What is the film that covers the tongue?

What is the film that covers the tongue in the mornings, even after brushing the teeth and tongue the night before and why does it have color variations? Do the different colors mean anything?
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How much of the jejunum is bypassed during gastric bypass?

There is both long and short limb bypass surgeries. I want to know how much of the jejunum is bypassed with each procedure.
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PCR master mix contents

I am running PCR reactions with different sets of degenerate primers and I want to know what should go into the master mix My usual master mix: DEPC water PCR buffer (-Mg) 25mM MgCl2 10mM ...
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What is meant by single molecule sequencing?

When sequencing papers refer to single molecule sequencing, what is their definition of a "molecule". Are they saying base by base? The entire DNA chain in a chromosome can also be though of as a ...
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relative-rate of evolution

I am supposed to calculate the relative rate of evolution of two sequences (human and sheep) with a chicken serving as the outgroup. The sequences are pretty long, so I will just create a short ...
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Why are many anti-malaria drugs gap junction antagonists?

Why are many anti-malaria drugs gap junction antagonists? My professor recently just mentioned that many of the anti-malaria drugs block gap junctions. i am wondering if this blocking is important ...
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Heterozygosity under genetic drift

The wright-Fisher model of genetic drift is: $$p_{ij} = \binom{2N}{j}\left(\frac{i}{2N}\right)^j \left(1- \frac{i}{2N}\right)^{2N-j} $$ ,where $\binom{2N}{j}$ is a binomial coefficient. From this ...
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Literature about industrial enzyme application

Can someone point me out to literature (reviews or better workbooks) describing industrial chemical reactions catalysed by enzymes? What I'm most interested in are case studies of how the output of a ...
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gene expression fold change threshold limit

When interpreting qRT-PCR results, which results are acceptable as fold changes, which are acceptable for housekeeping genes? e.j. a values of 0.8 raw fold changes for a "housekeeping" gene is ...
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Functioning of BCG vaccine

I read (from Nature Volume507, S4–S7 (06 March 2014) : For reasons that are poorly understood, BCG protects only infants; it is ineffective in older children and adults. Its efficacy also ...
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Hela live cell confocal laser scanning - reccommendations for good fluorophore that will show good movement

I've been doing a lot of live cell imaging lately mostly using hela cells expressing some EYFP based chimeric proteins. I'm building a video library for an art student here at the university who is ...
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How do Kangaroo mothers deliver the correct kind of milk to the correct joey?

Mother kangaroos are able to rear multiple joeys (young kangaroos) at different stages of development at the same time. According to Wikipedia, "the mother is able to produce two different kinds of ...
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What is the evolutionary purpose of the topology of the human ear?

What is the evolutionary purpose of the topology of human ears? I understand why the ears may have a funnel-like shape but if the various "hills and valleys" do not amplify incoming sound, what ...
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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), any health risks?

Background: An electronic cigarette (e-cig or e-cigarette) is a battery-powered device which simulates tobacco smoking patented in 1963 by Herbert A. Gilbert. It generally uses a heating element ...
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How do mosquitoes maintain telomere length?

While the vast majority of eukaryotic organisms maintain their chromosome ends (telomeres) via telomerase, an enzyme system that generates short, tandem repeats on the ends of chromosomes, other ...
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What is the genetic distance where linkage can be ignored?

I heard several times that two SNPs, that have at least 1'000 nucleotides between them, can be seen as 'unlinked' due to frequent recombination events. I also once saw a paper showing a graph "degree ...
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Prevalent large (>=90kDa) maintenance protein/loading control

I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for good, large (hopefully 100kDa+), control proteins that would be present in most mammalian cells. I'm working mostly with tissue samples from humans ...
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Cranial Nerve Decussation

I want to get my head round this once and for all so if you guys could help me would really appreciate it! I understand lesions to the optic nerve. It is the other nerves that I find difficult. So ...
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Is there a way to measure ATP usage in the brain similarly to fMRI?

Is there a way to measure ATP usage in the brain (or anywhere else) similarly to how fMRI works (measuring changes in iron resonance in oxygenated/deoxygenated blood)? Is there some sort of similar ...
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Process of Transcription

During the process of Conversion to Ribonucleoside Monophosphates the various ribonucleoside triphosphates break off their high energy bonds after linkage to the DNA.But the first ribonucleotide ...
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Will neurons live after the death of a human? If so, how long?

I don't know if this is correct or not, but I have heard this from a friend and I want to get a clear explanation about this.I hope there is some one who can help me.
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Why are genes expressed as proteins rather than other types of bio-molecules?

I guess, we could infer that the structure of an amino acid has the same functional units as RNA is used to synthesise it. Therefore, from a logical point of view it would make sense that genes are ...
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Activation Of Embryonic Genome

Embryonic gene activation is a process by which the embryo begins to transcribe its newly formed genome.As the embryonic gene activation occurs during early stages the paternal genome may not have any ...
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Is there a limit to twinning?

Can developing twins further divide and subdivide and become identical quadruplets or octuplets or...? Can twinning be induced, either in utero or in vitro? Might it be possible to just keep ...
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Erythroblastosis Foetalis

If Rh- mother has Rh+ baby, the mother can become sensitized during first pregnancy and then if subsequent fetuses are also Rh+, there can be eryhtroblastosis foetalis. I read that if mother is O- ...
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What evidence is there on the medical effects of circumcision?

If this is the wrong place to post this question, then I will delete it and post it were it belongs. I have heard many conflicting things about circumcision. I have heard that it reduces the rate of ...
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Index of ecological niche overlap

For this question I am interested in the Pianka's Index of ecological niche overlap. What is the Pianka's Index? How does it work? How can one calculate this index? How often is it used? In what ...
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How does blue white screening work in selecting E coli that have taken up a plasmid vector?

The plasmid vector I am referring to is pCR 2.1 - TOPO. I added the vector to the E coli and plated them up onto LB+amp+X-gal plate, then incubated. After incubation the plates had two types of ...
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Which is harder to contract - HIV or AIDS?

I am working on mathematically modeling HIV and Tuberculosis Co-infection dynamics, and am working with 12 differential equations describing the behavior of all of the compartments and parameters. ...
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Attachment of muscles during molting in insects

Normally, insects' muscles are attached to their exoskeleton but what happens to this attachment when they are moulting? Sorry if this is an extremely silly question but I have wondered about it for ...
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What makes drosophila eyes red? and is it stable?

I have Drosophila melanogaster which I am doing an eye pigmentation assay on in the future. To do this I will dissolve the heads, 10 of them removed from frozen whole flies, in acidified ethanol for ...
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How far into a pregnancy is it before visible signs of it is apparent and risk of physical trauma increases

I'm doing research for a series I'm writing. in it the main character is pregnant however goes off to fight a criminal organization who have been killing her friends and i want her appearance to show ...
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How does Humira work when injected into patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

OK, I have rheumatoid arthritis and I've been injecting Humira 2 times a month for the last 8 months. As far as I know rheumatoid arthritis is simply an immune system disorder which makes the immune ...
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Ventral stream pathway and architecture proposed by Poggio's group

Please can you give me a very brief explanation about all functions in the ventral stream architecture summarized in this figure: This figure is from Serre et al.'s A quantitative theory of ...
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Does the body lose energy or gain energy relatively when drinking or eating hot things?

Does the body lose or gain energy when drinking or eating hot things compared to more neutral temperature things? On the one hand, The body could somehow convert the heat energy into human usable ...
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Will a garter snake eat unusual prey if made to smell like something normal?

I have noticed that my garter snake only eats after it has smelled it's prey to make sure it is a slug, and it doesn't matter whether it's moving or not. If I were to coat, say, a caterpillar with ...

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