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Do ants use something similar to the honey bee “waggle dance” to instruct the rest of the colony where to find a food source?

In the 20 years since we built our home, we've just recently had our first ant infestation. I'm familiar with the fact that ants leave scent trails to find their way back and forth between the ...
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Would it be possible to eat things from another planet [closed]

Although at first glance my question is perhaps better suited for a space exploration or sci-fi forum I looked and felt this forum was more appropriate. What makes plants and animals edible and ...
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Why isn't a virus “alive”?

The recent news about a new supermassive virus being discovered got me thinking about how we define viruses as non-living organisms whilst they are bigger than bacteria, and much more complex than we ...
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What is wrong with this flower?

Today morning I was surprised to see this flower as it has four normal pale orange coloured petals and one bright red one. This is a flower of Hibiscus and all the flowers of this plant have the ...
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Comments on Experimental result regarding Anti-Bacterial soap

After using soaps, we rinse our hands with water. Do bacteria from the water attach themselves to our hands again? If we wipe our hands to cloth after washing our hands, do bacteria from the cloth ...
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Function of prostate gland and seminal vesicles

Multiple sources (my textbook, internet, videos) have been confusing me as they state various things. Which structure produces most of the semen and produces carbohydrates for the sperm; the seminal ...
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Why is statistical mechanics relevant to RNA and protein folding?

This is a very naive question. As far as I understand the folding of a molecule is governed by the electromagnetic forces between its atoms and also between its atoms and the atoms in the surrounding ...
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Blood antigens and immune response

In my textbook, the definition of an antigen is written as follows: Antigen: A substance that the body recognises as foreign and that can evoke an immune response The following image also confused ...
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What is the difference between an antibiotic and an antibacterial?

Concerning medicine, what are the differences between antibiotics and antibacterials?
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What further research can the result of gene variation detection be used for [closed]

We do a research on a particular cancer (for e.g. breast cancer). Now, we have a result for the gene variation detection (VCF file). What next steps do we need to do? We don't have a clear picture ...
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What is the closest possible analogue to human cells? [closed]

For an experiment, I need a specific number of cells. I will grow these cells in an incubator, and then measure the number of cells which have decayed due to the induced radiation. I am using a ...
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Why can action potentials not be initiated at dendrites?

Why are action potentials not initiated at dendrites, although dendrites are the first to receive input from the presynaptic cell? In fact, excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) at the dendrites ...
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Does mechanotransduction of cells play a role in the biocompatibility of titanium?

What exactly is mechanotransduction as the information varies between sources. Some sources indicate that mechanotransduction is the underlying principle where cells pull on the surface they grow on ...
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How can we verify predictions of protein folding in silico?

Currently, there is a lot of research focused on solving the folding patterns of proteins using computers (Folding@Home, https://fold.it/portal/, etc.). The question that I have is: How do you know ...
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Where to go next with clustered C elegans neuronal time series

I'm doing some independent research with the C Elegans nervous system (with the OpenWorm project) and was looking for some guidance as to where I should go next. Right now, I'm dealing with calcium ...
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Body part in motion after decapitation?

I'm sure following video is totally different than of other mammal after their body parts decapitated. In this video apparently, the snake is cut into three pieces. But when we look closer to the ...
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Get Parent GO terms of GO term vector?

I have a vector of GOIDs that are specific GO IDs outputted from an enrichment analysis. I want to cluster my GOIDs by their parent GOID term. I used GOstats to do my enrichment analysis, and I have ...
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Can parents' learned traits be transmitted genetically?

I am wondering whether a behavioral trait (e.g. fear or stress experienced in the lifetime of the parent) can be transmitted genetically to its offspring? I understand that a behavioral tendency for ...
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Electron Transport Chain in Mitochondria [closed]

I was researching cellular respiration, and this is a rather confusing part. I need help understanding the purpose of Complex II and how the ATP Synthase generates the energy to turn ADP to ATP.
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Could bioluminescence be controlled by acetylcholine?

In a more extended question, I was thinking if there would be a way to control the brightness of bioluminescence by muscle stressing. Obviously skin and muscles are different tissues, but still I ...
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If estrogen plays an important role in bone formation, why aren't men's bones far weaker than women's?

I know decreasing estrogen levels can cause osteoporosis, but men have less estrogen than women; why aren't men's bones weaker than women's bones?
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Enzyme kinetics: recommended literature to grasp the concepts better

I have had a few biochemistry courses, but I still feel confused and a bit scared each time they try to explain and apply enzyme kinetics or even chemometrics in different situation during class. On ...
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Dominant model Disease SNP

Say that you have genotyped a SNP in a case control setting, and get the following result AA AB BB Cases 17 51 29 Controls 39 44 20 where A ...
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How to read cladograms/phylograms?

I understand the difference between cladograms and phylograms; the latter can show the evolutionary linkage over time. However, I am having trouble finding out which two organisms are most closely ...
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Why and how is DNA synthesis so much faster then RNA synthesis?

DNA synthesis in E. coli is 20x faster than RNA synthesis at 1000nt/s vs 50nt/s. (Mirkin'05) I find that perplexing since DNA polymerization has better proofreading than the RNA variety, which ...
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What type of tree is this?

This is a tree that I have been growing. I'm wondering if this is a mulberry, and if so, what kind? Location is Arizona.
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What are chiasmata?

I have a confusion in understanding what chiasmata are. My ‘NCERT’ book says ‘The beginning of diplotene is recognised by the dissolution of synaptonemal complex and the tendency of the recombined ...
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Has anything evolved to prey on endoparasites?

Is there any organism which lives within a host but gains nutrition not from host cells/materials but by preying on the host's endoparasites? If not, what barriers might exist to the evolution of ...
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Why don't protons diffuse out of the mitochondria during chemiosmosis?

If the outer membrane of the mitochondria is very permeable, how do mitochondria maintain a proton gradient by pumping protons into the intermembrane space? Wouldn't they just diffuse into the ...
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Relaxing Eyes when using Virtual-Reality-Glasses?

Accommodation is the process by which the vertebrate eye changes optical power to maintain a clear image or focus on an object as its distance varies (eye focusing). For distant vision, the ciliary ...
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Why have parasites not evolved to be harmless?

I have yet to understand why so many viruses or bacteria haven't evolved to be harmless (specifically, I don't know of any harmless virus). I think it would be greatly beneficial for a virus to ...
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How fast the human eye can [temporarily] change its color?

I know that human eye can change its color during lifetime because of disease or medication (similar question on Biology.SE). And I know that it may change depending on the lighting. But I saw ...
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Why doesn't the rest of the body have something like the “blood-brain” barrier to protect itself from pathogens?

According to Wikipedia: "The blood–brain barrier acts very effectively to protect the brain from most pathogens". This is because the pathogens cannot pass through the tight junctions of the ...
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Does the order of amino acids matter in making up a protein?

For instance, if a protein is made of 2 amino acids, that is, AB, would the same protein form if the order of combination of amino acids become BA? If yes, would the behavior of interaction of that ...
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Is this a grass cell?

I found this picture online claiming it was a grass cell. Clearly it is a cross section image but I was hoping you could tell me if this is actually grass, or something else if anything.
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What Chemical Trigger Causes Ectomycorrhiza To Change From Asexual To Sexual?

I want to know the trigger behind the change of asexual to sexual ectomycorrhiza when symbiosis with a tree root is formed. As ectomycorrhiza attaches itself to a root, it forms a relationship wherein ...
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Asexual reproduction of snakes, with mutation to account for diversity

I saw this piece on Animal planet's Jeff Corwin show, I think. It was many many years ago, but I still remember it was fascinating. A landslide or an earthquake once separated a small chunk of land ...
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An elementary question for gene variation detection procedure in a paper

“Samples were divided into subtypes; each subtype was considered separately as a test set, using the remaining subtypes as the control. In our analysis, chromosome arms were subdivided into ...
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What the gene variation detection result can tell us about a cancer [duplicate]

We do a research on a particular cancer, now we have a result of the gene variation detection . What next steps do we need to do? we don't have a clear picture about this. Can you give us some ...
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Can photosynthesis take place if the plant is kept in ice cold water or not?

Can photosynthesis take place in a plant even if the plant is kept in ice cold water? I have googled this question, but so far have not found a satisfactory answer.
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Is it possible to inject pigments into a leaf?

Is it possible to introduce exogenic pigments into the leaves of a plant? And, if so, how could you do that? Goals: the plant should not die the pigment should be visible looking at the plant ...
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Maintenance of Diploid chromosome number at mitosis

I'm just not understanding this: A regular human cell is diploid - because it has 46 chromosomes, in 23 pairs. So that means that when the cell undergoes mitosis, it will still have the full ...
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How do biologists quantify “gene expression” in experiments?

I've read papers which contain statements such as "control of gene expression is critical in biological processes". How exactly does one quantify "gene expression"? Isn't gene expression an umbrella ...
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Getting goosebumps at will

I can get goosebumps at will, regardless of the environment. Its mostly visible on my arms, and I can feel it on my head. It requires some level of concentration to achieve this. My questions are : ...
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Do animals other than humans dislike food sources that others seem to like?

Humans (especially children...) seem to dislike certain foods or drinks, that other humans seem to like. Common examples are coffee, french cheeses, milk, fish and cabbage. Are there examples of ...
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Do animals get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after escaping from a life threatening situation out in the wild?

Can animals come down with PTSD in the wild by themselves? For example, would a gazelle that nearly pulls away from a cheetah at the last second and heard the cheetah's jaws clamping down at air right ...
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Why haven't prey evolved the ability to always outrun their predators?

I can understand why some prey can't outrun a recently evolved species. However, since cheetahs have existed for so long, why haven't its prey evolved to always outrun it, driving cheetahs to ...
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What nocturnal animal sound am I hearing in the trees in Maine?

Every year, during late summer nights (usually around 9:00 pm) in Maine, I hear a noise coming from high up in the trees. The trees I hear it from are mostly maple or conifer, but where I live there ...
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Identity By Descent vs Identity By State

Background The concepts of Identity By Descent (IBD) vs Identity By State (IBS) are central in population genetics, yet I fail to fully wrap my head around the definitions. You can find examples ...

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