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Can the eye distinguish between pure and composite colours and how do we measure this?

Red light plus green light makes yellow light. Suppose I shone a pure red light, say 650nm, onto the same spot as a pure green light, say 550nm. The eye sees this two-peak spectrum as yellow. This ...
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fastq-dump using mkfifo to stream data

So, fastq-dump has the ability to be run on just an SRA file accession number, such that the SRA is converted to FASTQ on-the-fly, and the SRA doesn't have to be written to disk. I'm curious whether ...
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Did Darwin ever reach the conclusion that selection will remove variation?

According to simple models of selection the genetic variance in a population should be reduced by selection. (Fisher's fundamental theorem states that the rate at which a population can evolve is ...
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Specialist evaluation for people aged under 40 years with stage 1 hypertension

Reading the NICE clinical guideline for Hypertension it says... For people aged under 40 years with stage 1 hypertension and no evidence of target organ damage, cardiovascular disease, renal ...
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Choosing appropriate statistical test for ordinal data

Ordinal response variables show up often in biology, but I'm not sure how they are best analysed. Some examples are qualitative assessments (little, many, a lot) or risk assessments (low risk, medium ...
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Is there a rule for the annotation of the basepair or gene locus origin in bacterial genomes?

Since all bacteria have one circular chromosome, there is no designated origin to start the systematic gene locus numbering. Therefore, what is the rule to start the numbering at a particular point ...
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Action potential changes in low sodium concentrations but constant osmotic pressure

If I bathe a squid axon in a fluid that has high sodium concentration , why does the duration of action potential decrease compared to a control experiment in low sodium bath but maintained at the ...
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Transparent watery fluid [on hold]

What is that transparent fluid coming from the tips of finger when skin is peeled off ? Is that actually lymph ?
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Evolution: One big population vs. many small populations

Let's say I want to evolve a bacterium that is resistant to an antibiotic. I want to do this by growing initially clonal populations of bacteria in presence of this antibiotic for a long time. I have ...
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How do I import FASTA files into Haploview?

I'm trying to produce a haplotype network and so have decided to use the software haploview. However I'm having some problems importing my sequences into the software. I Have my sequences in a FASTA ...
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Mass spectrometry versus western blotting for validation

I have mass spectrometry data (LC-MS/MS) from rat cortices under either drug or control treatments. The results were performed in triplicate (three pairs of rats, drug or control per pair). In ...
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Can human brain memory be removed by EMP?

The human brain is the most complicated human organ so it is hard to examine it completely but based on what we know do you think (or do you know from some source) if a human memory can be removed by ...
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Skin porosity in glans penis when erect

(Apologies if this is a too weird/inappropriate question in this forum. I only thought that I ask it since it happens to be part of human life.) The skin on a human typically blocks many substances ...
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How does extreme skewing of inactivation of X in heterogeneous mothers affects X-linked phenotype expression in sons?

I am particularly interested if there is differences in phenotype insensitivity in X-linked phenotype when: 1. Heterogeneous mother has mutated X inactivated (through extreme skewing of inactivation) ...
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Deciduous trees in tropical rainforest

Some books says the dominant plant form in tropical rainforest biome is broad leaved evergreen trees. Other books say it is broad leaved evergreen trees and deciduous trees. What is the most accepted ...
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Can apoptosis via high levels of capsaicin or resiniferatoxin aid in the destruction of viruses? [on hold]

A virus creates a barrier of proteins around it's host cell. Can high levels of capsaicin, or even resiniferatoxin be used to make virus infected cells self destruct for the purpose of possibly ...
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What is the purpose of segments in citrus fruit?

What is the purpose of segments in citrus fruit? In my experience, each segment usually contains from zero to two seeds. I may have seen more but only rarely, if I remember correctly. What is the ...
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Ni-NTA purification, problem with the chaperone protein

I'm trying to purify the protein by Ni-NTA affinity chromatography. It seems that my protein (size about 54 kDa) is co-purified with chaperone protein (probably GroEL - as the band is around 57kDa). ...
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How is the protein removed from the DNA preparation? [on hold]

to determine how much DNA you have, you measure the absorption of the DNA.
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What is the science behind the inaccurate perception of colors?

If I go into a green room (all walls are semitransparent and green) and spend some time - around 10+ min - in there, when I come out all my eyes see is white as pink. I see no (or very few other) ...
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Immunotoxin to kill viral infections [on hold]

I have been working on a project about fragment antigen binding antibodies. I was researching on immunotoxins. Immunotoxins are basically toxins attached to antibodies so that when the antibody ...
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29 views

Persistency of botulinum toxin in environment

There is information about decontamination times here on pages 6 and 7. My specific question is how persistent botulinum toxin is in a natural environment, or alternatively, what is the half life of ...
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Is there any evolutionary advantage of selection of L-amino acid over D-amino acid?

After listening to a scientific talk, I had this question that why in the natural selection process, are the L-amino acids selected over the D- form. However, we still we produce D-amino acids; ...
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RNA seq and using of Poly(A) or non-Poly(A) based amplification of RNA

I'm studying "Deep sequencing the circadian and diurnal transcriptome of Drosophila brain" Hughes et al., 2012. I've got some problems with the materials and methods. Before RNAseq, the authors ...
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G>T transversion VS. T>G transversion?

So I'm reading about how mutations in DNA can be caused by oxidative damage. An example of a product of oxidative damage is given: 8-oxo-7-hydrodeoxyguanosine My textbook says that this product ...
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Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?

Why do certain people (especially kids) find vegetables so "repellent" when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food? I ask this question because if Darwin's theory of ...
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What is the biggest facultative anaerobic metazoan known to science?

Related: What's the biggest obligate anaerobic organism discovered till now? I had always assumed that the Riftia tube worms were obligately anaerobic since they lived next to anoxic volcanic ...
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Why do life savers hurt? [on hold]

Why does holding a life saver peppermint candy to my tongue hurt? Does it have something to do with the chemical makeup of the candy?
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How do PER/CRY complexes accumulate in the cytoplasm?

The Period/Cryptochrome (PER/CRY) complex is a heterodimer that transcriptionally regulates circadian rhythm. When it is phosphorylated, it is transported to the nucleus and it inhibits a ...
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Are the Chromosomes organized in any meaningful way? [on hold]

So my major is in pharmacy but both my master and my (currently in progress) doctoral degree are both in theoretical chemistry. My thesis is about quantum chemistry and proteins, but it has a certain ...
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1answer
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Neuroendocrinal mechanism of parturition

My book reads, "The fetus signals that it is mature by secreting certain hormones that diffuse across the placenta into mother's blood and cause the secretion of oxytocin from her posterior ...
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1answer
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Is there any way the food industry can benefit from biofilms?

I realize all of the disadvantages, but I am wondering if the food industry can actually benefit from the formation of biofilms.
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1answer
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STRING ID - allelic differences and splice variants

STRING has protein (amino acid sequences) mapped to a single gene ID. I have these doubts with respect to STRING ID. I find that 1.All alleles of a single gene share the same STRING ID and ...
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1answer
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Are there baby drinks closer to breast-milk?

Many women cannot or will not feed their children with breast-milk. It is my understanding breast-milk has many advantages over formula. Some psychological like oxytocin and some physiological like ...
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Specific location where nerves converge

I'm looking for the "earliest" specific site where the 3 following nerves' sensory signals "converge": Trigeminal nerve Median nerve Superficial peroneal nerve By "earliest", I really mean the ...
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What does pain look like in wave form?

I am interested in understanding what "pain" and "hot/cold" look like, as far as waves signatures (signal processing) go. My general understanding of how pain (nociceptive pathways) and hot/cold ...
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Could I be secretly left-handed? [on hold]

From a young age I have always used my right hand for tasks, leading to my 'right-handedness'. Currently I use my right hand for pretty much everything. But could this be simply due to habit? Today ...
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Are transgenders born physically different from others?

Are all children born with only either male or female body parts (other than exceptions), or is there actually a natural third gender with the physical characteristics of both genders, e.g. the child ...
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What percentage of the (additive or not) genetic variance is explained by the 'n'- most important loci?

Standard models in population genetics look up at the evolution of few loci which impact fitness. The variance in fitness is determined by the genetic variance and the environmental variance (and the ...
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Additive genetic variance components from LMER in R

I've set up some dummy data in R which makes 40 genetically related lines, they are all siblings within a line so are genetically related by a factor of ½ thus additive genetic variance should be ...
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Hot water and bacteria

I know that it is common to say, "use hot water when washing your hands" or when you've got a cut, "wash your hands with warm water," etc. I was wondering, why is this the case? Since bacteria grow in ...
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Physiological markers of some antibiotic resistance and DNA? [on hold]

I am studying antibiotic resistance through DNA on Physiology. I am particularly interested its effect on Physiology: heart rate blood pressure pacemakers of the heart mean electrical axis ...
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1answer
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Satisfication with irrelevant things [on hold]

I am not sure if this question is better suited CogSci.SE so please tell me. My question is why are we satisfied when we get things that aren't useful in any important way? For example, relating to ...
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1answer
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Spironolactone's role with adrenergic agents in heart failure?

I am studying the treatment plan of adrenergic agents for heart failure. Then, in the group discussion, spironolactone was included. But I cannot understand how it is relevant when considering ...
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Can a tumor produce something not currently found in our own bodies?

While speaking with my co-workers, the topic of tumors growing things came up. The examples were (and backed by images) of tumors growing a tooth, hair, and sometimes even more complex objects such ...
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How is energy converted within the body? [on hold]

how does the energy in food is transmitted to our cells and we gain energy? what is there in the food which is transmitted as the energy to our cells? As a matter of clarification: for example the ...
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Is it possible for any animals today to have more than one brain?

Is it possible for any organisms in the animal kingdom to have more than one brain?
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On which strand does the promoter sit?

My book keeps giving different indicators as to whether the promoters are on the coding or template strand. It says the -35 region in prokaryotes must be on the coding strand. It also mentions, that ...
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1answer
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Why are irises unique?

I heard that irises are different and unique for every person. According this link, probability of two irises having identical pattern is 1 in 10 to the 78th power. That's how iris scanners identify ...

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