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how to identify the age of a living person?

Different people may age differently. A 60 year old man may appear to be a 80 year old man, while somebody else could be younger than their apparent appearance. And some other people may have ...
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How does LCR compare to Assembly PCR

The question pretty much explains itself. How do the two methods compare? I've always used Assembly PCR but the method is prone to mistakes and I'm curious how it compares to Ligase Chain Reaction ...
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List of questions answered by evolution

I have searched the internet for a list of questions answered by evolution, and have found only small lists and lists of why evolution in false. Evolution provides solutions for why all living beings ...
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A device that could change the sound of your voice

Okay so basically the concept the device works on is that our accents and our individual unique voices come from the vibration of our cartilaginous tissues.So everybody's voice is determined by the ...
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How does a smoker's finger or mustache get yellowish by nicotine?

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death around the world.$\ce{^1}$ The stain is considered as a "tell-tale" sign for identifying smokers. Multiple materials stated that it's due to ...
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Did cavemen have straight teeth?

In today's world, having straight teeth is considered attractive. But there are so many people who need to wear braces to achieve this look. Is having straight teeth naturally attractive, or is it ...
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Can my eyes adjust instantly to my friend's glasses? [on hold]

My eyesight is pretty much perfect, but I noticed that whenever I try any of my friends glasses, from really thin to extremely thick, my eyes seem to adjust to them within seconds and let me see ...
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What are the evidence that all life today descended from a common ancestor (LUCA), and which organisms (if any) challenge the concept?

If I understand correctly, the concept of the LUCA (last universal common ancestor) is based on the hypothesis that archaea and bacteria share common ancestry. In the realm of mathematics, the same ...
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Is there a biological mechanism for evolution encoded into our DNA?

Throughout high school, I remember learning about Darwin's theory of evolution as if it were near-fact. But something always seemed wrong about the ideas presented. Survival of the fittest Random ...
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Why would a plant evolve to produce an addictive chemical?

It seems kind of anti-productive in terms of survival for a plant to produce an addictive chemical as that plant will constantly be sought after by animals that ingest it. I'm looking for a possible ...
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How did evolution support sports, fun, entertainment etc [duplicate]

We know that many animals entertain themselves by playing games. But sports actually increases risks of death,or at least accidents. So why did evolution choose it? And why did evolution decide to ...
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What is the top speed of muscle contraction?

Currently I am looking into what muscles groups are most used during a football kick. I have a hypothesis that the quadriceps are not as used as most people think because the momentum the swing ...
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Current understanding of abiogenesis

I am trying to understand the current work on abiogenesis in biology, e.g. primordial soup, the Miller-Urey experiment, etc. How has our understanding of abiogenesis been revised since the ...
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Spider Identification Michigan

This was taken in Ann Arbor, MI. It looks a bit different from the wolf and grass spiders I'm used to seeing. Anyone know what this might be? edit: Per request, I've uploaded a better picture. ...
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Is there a good analogy that illustrates the difference between early DNA sequencing techniques and shotgun sequencing?

My first university biology classes begin in September. In preparation, but increasingly out of curiosity, I've been studying some basic biology. Saying that to say, I know as much about DNA ...
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Evolution of protein and protein efficiency

Suppose we have a bacterial protein that performs a function and let's say we can measure the efficiency of the protein. Let's say we have two species, species A and B, both of which have this ...
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Cell division(function of histones in division) [on hold]

What is the function of histones in cell division such as in mitosis or meiosis?and what does the characteristic of the protein?
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Is lemon water an alkalizing agent in the body?

I was recently having a discussion with someone about whether lemon water actually increases the pH of your body (by which I assume they mean the blood); their claim was that once Citric acid was ...
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What Chemical Trigger Causes Ectomycorrhiza To Change From Asexual To Sexual?

I am searching for the catalyst behind the change of asexual to sexual ectomycorrhiza when symbiosis with a tree root is formed. As ectomycorrhiza attaches itself to a root, they form a relationship ...
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How do animals end up in remote areas?

I was thinking specifically about random marshy water holes on farmers fields. It seems that you can visit just about any one of these and you will find frogs if you look hard enough. They usually ...
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Finding a reaction from a KEGG map

I have come across a map and a part of it looks like this: Now I have not been able to locate the reaction that converts alpha D-Glucose to Glucono-1,5-lactone but was successfully able to locate ...
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Chimeric Gene vs Fusion Gene?

According to wikipedia on chimeric genes: These mutations are distinct from fusion genes which merge whole gene sequences into a single reading frame and often retain their original functions. ...
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How can an autopsy return an inconclusive result? [on hold]

This may be a rather foolish/naive question, but I am confused as to how an autopsy can ever return an inconclusive result as to the cause of somebody's death? It does not seem uncommon for the ...
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Why are lions the only social cats?

We know that almost all cats are solitary. How did the Lions (Panthera leo) end up social animals? Do we have an explanatory evolutionary path describing how the Lions became social while the rest of ...
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Through which mechanisms did the Drosophila Histone Cluster evolve?

The Drosophila Histone Cluster is a gene cluster that contains more than a hundred copies of a sequence that encodes several histone proteins. These copies are very similar. My question is what ...
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Can you measure plasma glucose with a regular glucose meter?

I'm wondering if plasma glucose can be measured with a regular glucose meter and strips like this. I know these meters are normally used to measure whole blood glucose, but can they measure plasma ...
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Biologically, does life and death matter? [on hold]

(Sorry that I'm on mobile, so I can't make a good formated question (no links). I will add them later. Just can't resist the urge to ask) In the recent hot question about whether mitochondrial is ...
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high throughput free software to predict blood-brain barrier permeability [on hold]

I need a desktop app to predict blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability of a few thousand compounds. I've searched for hours but didn't find a free software for that. All of the apps are either ...
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Swapping genes?

So, gene therapy is to take out a gene, correct its mutation, and put the corrected one back into the organism, right? Is it also possible to take out a gene from an organism and put in a totally ...
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Does the light color spectrum and frequency matter for photosynthesis?

Do plants grow differently when given sun light, wolfram lamp, fluorescent light, LED light, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, unfocused laser and stroboscope?
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What is the strand specificity of a reference genome?

It's a simple question but I've come across many people who have this question, is the reference genome Positive of Negative strand? Indeed, I've had heated arguments over the same issue. So here's ...
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Why is leucine amino acid used the most in proteins and tryptophan the least?

The amino acid leucine, is used in proteins more than others. Leucine with 9.1 percent (its average in more than 1.150 different proteins) is used most and tryptophan with 1.4 percent is used less ...
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Help identify this awesome climbing plant with velcro like stem

I got this plant sprouting in my window box this spring. Starting from a single seed, it has grown into an impressive array of branching climbing vines, reaching 6 feet tall. The stem turned red as it ...
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Which hormones can cross the blood brain barrier?

Can hormones such as testosterone, aldosterone and estrogen cross the blood brain barrier? I looked on Wikipedia and there no mention of it in the testosterone article. Through Googling around I also ...
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How do you design a drug to be delivered to the CNS?

I have just started reading up on structure-based methods for drug design (this is completely not my field so apologies for stupid questions that will be coming along!) Clearly, some drugs are ...
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Is household ammonia okay for plants?

My father-in-law claims that since plants need nitrogen to produce proteins, and since ammonia is NH3, that Ammonia should be fine for the plants, since it's just nitrogen and water and hydrogen, ...
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Stimulate a nerve [on hold]

My question is that can we stimulate a nerve from far distance? Distances about 5 to 6 cm. Or can we send a stimulation to a nerve from a non neuroal tissue? Edit : excuse me but instead of ...
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Merge several .ab1 sequence files into a single FASTA file?

I have several .ab1 files generated from Chromas. I want to merge all of them into a single FASTA sequence file. How can I do this in an automated way? Note that I don't have Chromas installed (the ...
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Gene and Protein isoform

What is the relationship between term "Gene isoform" and "Protein isoform"? Say a gene can make 3 isoforms, will it produce only (maximum) 3 isoform protein?
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What is this butterfly?

The following guys (about an inch long) were seen in the Willamette Valley of Oregon in summer. When one would fly by a resting one, they'd get into a high-speed little "dogfight". What genus might ...
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Are mitochondria dead?

In the video "What is Life? Is Death Real?", the subject of mitochondria is raised at 2:58. At 3:12, the narrator says "[mitochondria] are not alive any more: they are dead." What currents of thought ...
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Histidine - why essential for children?

Why is histidine an essential amino acid for children but not for adults ? What changes in the body occur which lead to the formation of histidine in adults but not in children ? What causes these ...
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Genetic Diversity in Mitochondria

As I was studying for my GRE exam, I was reading on Mitochondria. I then remembered that they undergo replication similar to bacteria. So I googled for info and found on Wikipedia that there is a " ...
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Lack of A/B-antigen equivalent to Rhesus disease

Rhesus disease occurs when an Rh- mother is exposed to Rh antigens (often due to blood contact with an Rh+ child during delivery) and mounts an immune response which eventually results in the ...
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When did mouth pipetting stop becoming a way to handle liquids in a lab?

Almost all modern lab protocols have an addendum prohibiting pipetting by mouth, instead mandating that a Gilson pipette, a rubber pipette ball, or a serological Pipet-Aid be used. However, it was ...
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Information about inactivation of restriction enzyme [on hold]

How can you be sure that a restriction enzyme has been inactivated? I tested restriction enzymes on a vector to see whether they were working or whether they were inactivated but I need a simpler ...
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Photosynthetic efficiency and light harvesting efficiency

Is there some sort of measure of the light harvesting efficiency (possibly like transfer time) that is directly related to the photosynthetic efficiency in some sort of equation? Also, how important ...
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What would be the impact of depositing limestone in the oceans (to reverse acidification) on ocean life forms and biodiversity?

This question asked: What is the evidence it is feasible to reverse ocean acidification by adding large quantities of a base (bicarb soda)? The result was: Danny Harvey of the University of ...
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dAT joining: please define

I came across a reference to dAT joining in my reading of Genentech by Sally Hughes. The technique is described in passing as a technique for joining DNA fragments used around the late sixties to ...
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Mites on ginger root

I was just looking at some mouldy ginger found in the fridge under the microscope and was horrified/delighted to find (what looked to be) mites growing in it. I have searched the web and can only find ...

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