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Why is fructose not glucose the main energy source of sperm?

The seminal fluid contains fructose as the main energy source for the sperm and not glucose. Why is fructose and not glucose the primary energy source for these sperm, since glucose is the ...
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What exactly is Tinnitus?

What exactly is tinnitus? What is it's cause, and why do some people hear it and others don't?
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In what circumstances does a mammalian egg copy its DNA?

In the 2nd episode of the new Cosmos series, the host Neil deGrasse Tyson shows how the white-furred bear could have evolved (reasonable scientific speculation, of course). If you haven't seen that ...
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How was the Huntington's disease gene's location found?

I read in the book "Why we get sick." by Nesse and Williams that: Steady detective work and fabulous luck have enabled geneticists to pinpoint the Huntington's gene on the short arm of ...
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How does gene expression work in an adult organism? Is everything encoded everywhere?

The color of a person's eyes are genetically predetermined. If I knew how and in which gene(s) colors are encoded, I could change these genes in the ovary and sperm and thus change the eye color of ...
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Why do different humans look different?

Although farmers appear to be able to tell their cows apart, cows look very much alike to me. And this similarity in appearance seems to be a general trail across the animal kingdom: one individual of ...
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Propagation of tool use in primates?

There are several famous cases of great apes demonstrating a surprising degree of wherewithal in communication and tool use - even monkeys can learn some tool use from each other observationally, even ...
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phosphorous availability to mycorrhizae and parent plant, timing - paper search

I'm researching (for my work) phosphorous uptake in monocots to develop planting mixes for riparian planting. I recently saw a paper suggesting (the author lacked proof) that root zone mycorrhizae ...
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Near point and far point of myopic eye

Suppose a person wears the specs of power -6D, the far point for that person is 16cm. But the near point of normal eye is 25cm. So, is the near point of a person with myopia (having far point less ...
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Book recommendation on selective breeding?

I am looking for a good book that gives a nice overview of the science and technics of selective breeding. I am particularly interested in the use of population genetics to support decision in this ...
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Text/resource with information on all skeletal muscles and their motor units

Something analogous to an encyclopedia on baseball players with a list of all thier stats would be ideal. I'm not looking for just generic muscle names, locations and illustrations. Good answers ...
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Why do the neuron pathways decussate?

I learn about the brain right now, and there are crossing of neuron pathways everywhere; in the thalamus, the medulla oblongata, the pyramidal tract... And I don't understand why? What is the reason ...
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Could alpha-numeric taxonomy of fungi make things simpler?

Please feel free to construe this question broadly--I don't see why the question would not apply to branches of biology other than mycology. If the goal of taxonomy is to create classification of ...
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Tapeworms and their effect on humans

I've read that some people in some countries actually use tapeworms as a form of losing weight. What are the dangers to these people?
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What are mast cell membranes made out of?

What are mast cell membranes made out of? What would weaken or strengthen them? Web searches bring up a lot of information about mast cells but very little on the membrane. And the Wikipedia page ...
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Comment on the introduction to a bioinformatics paper

I've written a paper about DNA sequence analysis. This paper attempts to use Bayesian modelling for a set of DNA sequences. It will probably end up either in a statistics journal, or, more likely, in ...
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What is the mechanism of labeling a DNA molecule with deuterated water?

I have seen a paper in which deuterated water was used to follow dividing cells. The assumption was that deuterated water will be incorporated into newly synthesized DNA molecules. Is there any direct ...
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Why is cold water more refreshing than warm water?

Obviously, the temperature of water does not affect its chemical composition. At least not in the ranges we are likely to drink it in. Yet it is clearly far more pleasant and refreshing to drink cool ...
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A question about gag reflex

If left glossopharyngeal nerve and right vagus nerve are intact, but there is a lesion at left vagus nerve, would stimulating the left side of pharynx elicit a gag reflex?
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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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Codominance and Partial dominance [on hold]

The following genetic tree is given regard the fur color of some animal. The color determined by one gene that have two alleles and 3 genotypes: black, white and inlaid. I've been asked to ...
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Emissions sunrise, sunset linked to human productivity (awakeness)?

I do want to find a solution to a (for me) confusing state of mind. I'm a bit of a night-owl, always been one. The whole day I prolongue work that I want to do, my brain seems to sleep-in until after ...
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Other than Acetylcarnitine what other orally-bioavailable Acetyl donors exist to assist in the conversion of CoA to acetyl-CoA?

I asked a question on bio stackexchange a few days from which I was hoping to be able to arrive at an answer for this question myself but I have had no such luck so now I am going to just ask ...
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List of the biggest companies that work in selective breeding

Looking at this question, I've been wondering, What are the biggest private companies which work in both animal and non-animal selective breeding? Let me know if Biology.SE is not appropriate for ...
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Why do we yawn seeing others yawn [duplicate]

If I see another person yawning, I definitely feel to yawn. Why is that so? What are the activities that happen in our brain which tell us to yawn?
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Any examples of life forms on Earth that could have survived on Mars or Moon?

Do we know of any living forms on Earth that could continue to live on Mars?
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Image analysis of GFP-tagged protein localization bursts

I'm reading an article (full text here) that analyze the dynamics of localization of a GFP-tagged transcription factor (Crz1) over the time at the single-cell level, by taking movies in a fluorescent ...
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Which mutagen is responsible for pancreatic cancer [closed]

Which mutagen, aflatoxin or acridine orange (an intercalating dye) would most likely lead to an increased incidence of pancreatic cancer. Why?
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Advantages of pain sensation?

The hazards of congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP) are well-known. This question is about the obverse: what selective advantage, if any, does the normal sensation of pain confer? I'm thinking of ...
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Why is prothrombin time test not used for heparin

Prothrombin time test is used for the monitoring of warfarin but not heparin. Why is this used for warfarin monitoring and why is it not used for heparin monitoring?
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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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How does DNA resolve on size exclusion resin?

We generally have a good idea of how DNA separates using agarose gel electrophoresis, how well does DNA resolve on a SEC resin like superose? I get the impression that salt influences where it elutes. ...
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Why not use CIE color scheme for descriptions of mold colonies?

Reading a mycology paper recently I noticed that the authors refer to Ridgeway nomenclature, which as I understand it entails 1115 colors with distinct names like 'Artemisia.' My question is, ...
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condensed protocol for sequencing a portion of human DNA from buccal sample

Anyone have a short & sweet protocol for PCR amplifying a region of human DNA (chromosomal or mt, I don't care) extracted from a buccal sample: including validated primer sequences and preferred ...
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What nutrients can humans absorb in the mouth?

For instance, I realise being able to absorb simple sugars in the mouth is pivotal in the rapid action of oral glucose gel. Thus I was wondering what nutrients in general can be absorbed directly ...
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Do you have experience with PacBio?

I prepare a experiment and I found $PacBio SMRT$ as the great way to sequence my PCR products. I find the cost: library preparation 655 dollars + sequencing 435 dollars. It seems very low. Do you have ...
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GO terms for non-model organisms

I have a list of differentially expressed genes from an RNA-Seq experiment in Xenopus laevis that I'm looking to functionally annotate with GO-terms. As X.laevis is not listed in DAVID it seems I have ...
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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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Telomerase in tetrahymena

In this amazing video, at 26:03 we see this image We now know that the telomerase contains a sequence complementary to the telomere sequence and so is able to do what it is capable of doing in this ...
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If the brain has no pain receptors, how come you can get a headache?

I've read many years ago in books, that the brain has no nerves on it, and if someone was touching your brain, you couldn't feel a thing. Just two days before now, I had a very bad migraine, due to a ...
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Humidity for wood rotting

If I put a piece of wood in a humid environment (basically humid air), it will start to rot. Does the humidity influence the rotting speed, and if so, what is the relation between the rotting speed ...
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Population Genetics Question

Can someone please help with this question? Here is my working (just in case it is not clear: 1/300*1/30*1/2) but is this actually correct or do I need to multiply by 0.5 once again? I appreciate ...
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Normal Frequencies in Heart

I am trying to visualise possible ranges of frequencies from different structures of heart: different valves and their possible frequencies heart sounds I - IV and their normal frequencties what can ...
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Why PPD test in patients without M.tuberculosis often slightly positive?

I got this question which I interpret as Why PPD test in patients without M. tuberculosis often have slightly positive PPD reaction i.e., a lifelong slightly positive skin test reaction? because ...
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Triune brain model

I have heard about the triune brain model in biology class, but my teacher does not know much about it. What I'm curious about, is this model accepted by most of the neuroscientists, or is it just a ...
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What is the energy consumption of the brain?

What is the energy consumption of the brain, and is there a difference in consumption when waking and sleeping?
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How to calculate virus titre from qPCR

I harvested some lentivirus from 293T cells and want to titre the result. I infected 293T cells on a well plate with 400,000 cells per well which I infected with virus stock, and 1 in 10, 100 and 1000 ...
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Can excessive carbonated drink consumption lead to elevated red blood cell levels?

I've recently had a blood test and the results displayed elevated levels of erythrocytes as well as hemoglobin. (As a result my hematocrit levels were also above average) At my workplace there is a ...
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What would cause E. coli to change from filamentous growth to normal growth?

In my lab we've observed a phenomenon in which a culture of E. coli is found to shift from normal rod growth to filamentous growth and then back to normal rod growth again several times over the ...
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What is meant by “neurotransmitters flooding the brain”?

I frequently hear expressions like "Dopamine flooding the brain" or "X neurotransmitter flooding the brain" used to communicate with general audiences. For example: "Following [orgasm]? oxytocin ...

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