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Is a double-yolk egg capable of producing two viable chicks?

As per title: If fertilized, is a double-yolk egg capable of producing two viable chicks (that could survive to adulthood)? Have there been any reported cases of such (presumably) fraternal twins?
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What is the effect of Montelukast on the amount of IgE in blood?

I know that it decreases the amount of leucotrienes in blood. I saw a patient with high IgE altough under Montelukast medication. This suggests me that Montelukast does not affect the immunoglobulins, ...
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Evolution and the levels of selection

Reading Okasha's "Evolution and the levels of selection" he talks about "the levels of selection problem." There is a bit of a problem with this opening chapter because, while he talks about why the ...
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How do you store membrane proteins?

We're producing some membrane proteins and they aren't amenable to freeze thaws even when we add glycerol. The proteins are solubilized in detergent above the cmc so they should be in micelle form in ...
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Why are there exactly four nucleobases in DNA?

Does someone know why DNA is composed of four nucleobases? In particular, is there an explanation for the number? Why four and not two, or eight?
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Why is there no way to remove an immune response?

We've known for a long time now how to "add a new entry to the database," as it were, of immune responses. It's called vaccination, and it's been one of the greatest success stories in the history of ...
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Why are red blood cells considered to be cells?

Wikipedia states that a cell is the basic structural, functional and biological unit of all known living organisms. Cells are the smallest unit of life that can replicate independently. It then ...
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Is process, opposite for growth, known for mammals?

Every animal born small, then grow larger and larger. The same is true for parts of the animal bodies. Is there any cases, when body or part of the body diminishes in size and mass, while staying ...
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What actually are the blood groups for human being?

We all know that, Human blood groups are of 4 types with Negative and Positive of each types. The Wikipedia article also states so. But according to this forum thread there are some other types too: ...
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Identification of species found in fly lab

I just found this in my Drosophila lab (within a closed vial) - unfortunately it was dead having been frozen for two weeks. Can anyone help id what it is, and whether it poses a risk to my flies (like ...
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Why does it hurt more when you touch a nerve directly?

I am not a biologist nor know much about biology (so please explain in layman's terms) however I have always been curious as to why this is. What causes the difference in pain between touching an ...
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Curious about Brazzein

What is in compound "Brazzein" that it makes it 2000 times more sweeter than sugar? Can anyone please explain the science behind it?
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What is the difference between the Ureter and Urethra? also between the Renal papilla and Renal pelvis? [closed]

Differentiate between the following: Ureter and Urethra Renal papilla and Renal pelvis It is not given in my book. Please help.
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Detecting food fraud

There's undoubtedly more than one way to do this, but if a DIY biologist were to attempt to detect food fraud (e.g. as done by students from Stanford University and Trinity School, Manhattan with ...
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Is it possible to be (briefly) aware you had been decapitated?

If a person's head was cleanly and rapidly decapitated by a sharp blade slicing through the neck, such as would happen on the guillotine, could that person remain conscious? If so for how long? Long ...
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What evolutionary explanations are there for death?

I know death and cancer doesn't hurt humans' reproductive success. It's not helping either. Why do we die? Why dying humans (all of us) are common? What's the point of dying?
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What limits our ability to grow enamel rods?

From what I've understood from what I've read (which might be wrong), enamel rods extend away from the dentin in our teeth. As young people grow, the rods are thickened. What are the technical ...
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What types of light can't a plant photosynthesize in?

I have a plant on my desk, and it got me to wondering: Can my plant use the light from my monitors to photosynthesize? If so, what light (apart from green light, to a degree) can't plants use to ...
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Polymorphism in cnidarians?

To me, the phenomenon of polymorphism in cnidarians is particularly troubling. I gather that it essentially refers to existence of various different forms or kinds of individuals, i.e. zooids and ...
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Why humans have the temperature they have?

It is obviously very onerous to generate heat at all, although it has advantages. We don't have to lie on the sun like a crocodile to get warmer. And we avoid the freezing of our body water by out own ...
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138 views

Biological meaning/interpretation of clustering coefficience

I have been looking for some time to find an answer to the following question. I would be grateful for any help/advice or directions. I work very frequently with large number of proteins and assess ...
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Hypotonic or Hypertonic solution and why?

A doctor needed to administer 5% albumin to a patient. Albumin is normally administered dissolved in 0.9% saline solution. Since the physician did not have any 5% albumin solution, he diluted 25% ...
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Why do people sleep with their eyes open?

It's a fact that some people sleep with their eyes open, but why does that happen? Is it normal behavior, not a symptom of any sort of disorder? Are there any (dis)advantages to sleeping with eyes ...
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How does Oedipus complex fit in the evolutionary theory? [closed]

This is somthing that really makes me curious. How is posible that trough a evolution process the best posible candidate is the one that falls in love whith his progenitor?
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Do there exist publicly available Genome sequences of a family?

I would like to explore the genome sequence of a publicly available genome sequences of a family (like mother, father, son, daughter...). If such human genome sequences are not publicly available at ...
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Have there been any theories put forward as to the reasons behind Temperature-Dependant Sex Determination in reptiles?

This applies to most if not all reptiles, but I'll write about leopard geckos since that's what I know. Incubation temperature of the eggs makes a big difference in the development of the gecko. ...
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Coalescent theory - independence of coalescent times

Let $T_i$ be the time to coalesce from $n(t)=i+1$ to $n(t)=i$, where $n(t)$ is the number of sites that have not coalesced yet. In the below example the maximum $n(0)=6$. As I understand it, many ...
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What does chromosome CHR_Un, CHR_MT in the ftp site of NCBI mean?

I am not a biologist. But need some genetic data. So I searched internet and reached NCBI's website. I came to know from the FAQ page that I can the complete genome data of organisms from ...
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How can stem cells be counted in body?

In the study of supercentenarian woman here, it was found that all her blood cells are formed from only two stem cells (ancestor stem cells). How scientists can distinguish cell ancestors? Aren't ...
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Why Rh conflict happen but no ABO conflicts?

I wonder why Rhesus conflict can happen during pregnancy and mother can make antibodies against Rh protein (I think the correct name is D protein), but it doesn't happen if mother has different ABO ...
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Which shades/hues of color are easiest to distinguish for humans?

I'm trying to represent data graphically and am using a variation of hue/lightness to distinguish one data point from the next. I would like to use a color that would allow me to convey most ...
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1answer
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Trauma, blood loss and thirst

Back story. Watched an episode of Arctic Air, (season three episode six), where they are practicing and hoping to become a licensed search and rescue airline. Anyhow; two hikers gets attacked by a ...
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translation of scientific names [closed]

I am trying to determine the "translated" meanings (not seeking the common names) of different insects, (presently some bees and wasps). Does anyone know of a printed or internet resource that ...
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1answer
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Needing help in order to infer the statistical hypothesis tests performed in an old paper

I am in great need of help in order to infer the statistical hypothesis tests performed in an old paper. However I need to make some reasonable guesses only from the abstract of the paper since the ...
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1answer
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Is it firmly established, that mutations are sufficient for cancer?

It is evident for scientists, that all cancer cells have some mutated genes. Say mutations in general. But this evidence means necessary condition. But what about sufficient conditions? Is it ...
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189 views

How does a fungus protect itself from digestion by other fungi?

If a fungus releases its digestive enzymes outside its body, how does it protect itself from digestion? How do fungi growing nearby protect themselves? I have tried searching this on google but ...
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71 views

Why is brown fat brown?

I read in Tortora and Derrickson Anatomy and Physiology that : Another type, called brown adipose tissue obtains its darker color from a very rich blood supply , along with numerous pigmented ...
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Could light/occasional smoking strengthen the lungs?

Here's my thought process, correct me where I'm wrong. It seems the human body has thresholds. Examples: You lift too much weight, and the muscles and tendons risk serious injury, but otherwise ...
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MAPK signalling pathway initial conditions

I would like to know the initial conditions and locations of the chemical reagents in the MAPK cascasde. I'm going to plug this information into a reaction diffusion simulation. From reading ...
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Is life in a supercritical fluid possible?

Someone claimed that the dinosaurs could only live because back then athmospheric density was around 650 kg/m³, providing some buyoncy, this claim is checked on Skeptics SE. The claim itself is beside ...
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What are the functions of disulphide bonds?

What are the functions of disulphide bonds between amino acids in proteins or peptides?
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PDB file for Osteopontin (SPP1)

I am looking for PDB file for Osteopontin (SPP1). The entry- 3CXD shows the structure of an Osteopontin antibody, not of the protein itself. Thanks
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Correlation between genome size and mutation rate?

Martin Nowak in his book "Evolutionary Dynamics" talks about a given correlation between genome size and mutation rate. What correlation does exactly exist between these two concepts? Is it a ...
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If not intelligent design, what is an alternative scientific theory to evolution? [closed]

In the popular culture, Intelligent Design is often portrayed as trying to be an alternate theory to evolution. However, as the following question points out, it is not scientific, and so cannot be ...
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Why does plucking nose hair cause tears in the eyes?

It's not a particularly sad or painful thing to pluck a few nose hairs, but it's common for the tear ducts to wet up when doing this. I would like to know the physiological reason for the ...
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How do warm-blooded animals keep their temperatures constant?

Warm blooded animals like us keep their temperature constant irrespective of their surroundings. But how do they do that? Energy should be supplied from the inside. I assume that reactions like making ...
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2answers
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What is the difference between transformation and transfection?

What is the difference between transformation and transfection? How do both of these methods work?
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How do download a list of the gene length of all genes?

I would like to get the gene length information of all the human genes. Is there a quick way to get this information? Thank you!
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1answer
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To measure frequencies of eosinophils and neutrophils in airways

I am reading this paragraph about RS killed-vaccine in Encyclopedia of Virology, Third Edition (2008), vol. 3, pp. 70-77 What is this data called by which you can say that the frequencies of ...
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How to convince suspension cells to adhere more tightly?

I'm developing a cell-based assay in 96-well plates that requires adherent cells, as they need to be washed at least twice during the protocol. I'm using in-house strains of HT1080 cells (some ...

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