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After a night of drinking, why am I hungry for information?

This is a tough question to phrase appropriately, but I will try my best. Last night, I had a small party at my house, and we ended up drinking a lot of alcohol, both beer and liquor. I was no where ...
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Evolution of healing for burn injuries in mammals?

Our body had very specialized processes for healing burn injuries. Namely the process of blistering. My question is how this process for healing burns evolved considering how rare burns must be in ...
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Is it better to eat something that is more or less related to humans?

My question is, would it be better to eat something like a sea cucumber or would be it better to eat a chimpanzee? Maybe this isn't a dichotic answer. Is it better to eat something in between, like ...
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Can flow cytometric analysis differentiate between a parent contributing longer chromosomes versus multiple smaller chromosomes?

For flowering plants, can flow cytometry of seed from muti-generational interaction of two species and their offspring help us decide if wide differences in genome size for the two species and their ...
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Reduction events in humans versus Arabidopsis type evolution [on hold]

What reduction events cause an isolated (sexually or geographically) tetraploid population created by a polyploidy event to be able to reduce the number of chromosomes over time? Fusions events have ...
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What does NaOH do for the plating of Bacillus subtilis?

A book called Molecular Biological Methods for Bacillus called for plating Bacillus subtilis cells on LB-agar plates with the following components: A general-purpose medium containing per litre: ...
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Sub-Saharan African Man Genome compared to Chimpanzees and Bonobos

I've recently came across a rather "politically sensitive" subject, and I chose to not discuss it on public due to possible backlash. This question is in no ways meant to offend anyone, it is rooted ...
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Identifying flying insect from northern Poland / Baltic Sea area

Found during this year vacations at Baltic Sea (northern parts of Poland): I don't have a picture containing other object, for size verification, but I'd say, that it was 3-4 cm long. There were ...
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Monarch mimic other than viceroy? [on hold]

I once saw a butterfly that looked a lot like a monarch. It had orange wings with a black edge and white spots on the edge. It also had 1 black spot in the middle of each wing. I saw this butterfly ...
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How does the embryo inside a shelled egg derive oxygen from?

If I'm not mistaken a typical animal in the womb will get oxygen via the umbilical cord from the mother. Thus allowing it to "breathe" in a liquid environment. I thought maybe shells are permeable and ...
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Are gizzard muscles voluntary or involuntary?

I started raising chickens this year. They have amazing appetites, and I often wonder what eating is like for them. They have no teeth, so they don't chew their food as they eat it. They do seem to ...
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Did I just watch a spider die?

So I'm sitting in my office and all of a sudden a small spider is gliding down on a web string from the ceiling, right in front of my eyes, and down onto my desk. It proceeds to make a few awkward ...
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transitional mutation, repair mechanism

I have read an answer to a question about dna repair during and after replication. But how is dna repaired if a deamination of of 5-methylcytosine happens? How does a repair mechanism identify which ...
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Is galvinoxyl antioxidant assay possible using NMR spectroscopy?

I would like to perform an antioxidant assay using the galvinoxyl protocol. The protocol states that we need EPR spectroscopy, but only NMR spectroscopy is available at my institution. Is there an ...
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Trial pre-registration service that accepts non-clinical trials, or specifically ecology?

I'm in the early stages of designing a trial in ecology. I'm interested in pre-registering the trial, as suggested here. My concern is that all of the registries (that I can find) deal specifically ...
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How to know the gestation time of pregnant mice?

In lab mice I wish to establish how many weeks my animals are into their pregnancy. Is there some way?
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Ancestral Allele and Hapmap

I notice on dbSNP rs6352 has an ancestral allele of G - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/SNP/snp_ref.cgi?rs=rs6352 The hapmap in humans for this allele is very rare, the homozygous version practically not ...
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Two colors in the eyes [on hold]

my husband has dark brown eyes and they turned blue in his seventies. The brown is back with a blue ring around it. Why is that?
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what is the effect of temperature and carbondioxide on the opening and closing of stomata?

I am teaching biology in an academy. The question which I had asked above had been raised by on of my students. I tried my level best to search out the answer to this question but I could not find the ...
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Why do dogs try to cover their poop?

It may seem obvious to us humans to hide our excreta, but this is not quite normal behavior for animals. Interestingly, dogs have the habit to pee all over the place. It's know that they do so to ...
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How do birds avoid mid-air collision?

Across from me there is a large flick of Pigeons and Ravens that like to nest on the roof. They swoop and dive and fly all over. Sometimes the whole flock lifts off at once. My question is, how do ...
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Seeing through the rain

This question leads me to wonder about seeing in and through rain. From visual point of view, rain is light-bending droplets moving downwards, unformly in steady rain, less uniformly if there's ...
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Do ginko trees grow well in Eastern North America (specifically Ontario,Canada)

I have recently noticed many Ginko (Ginko biloba) saplings planted in my Eastern Ontario city (in Canada), and they are looking a bit sickly, with yellow leaves. They seem to be a popular choice in ...
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Is T7 promotor leaky in DH5 alpha?

In my experiment I found that a GFP gene under T7 promotor in high copy number pTAC-2 vector is showing green fluorescence producing colonies of DH5 alpha under UV light. what could be the possible ...
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Do we all dream “every” night?

I had an argument with my brother and he claims that he doesn't dream every night ie when he dreams he always remember and if not he hadn't dreamt at all. I'm under the impression that all humans ...
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Rattlesnakes developing stronger venom

I have heard that rattlesnakes are developing stronger venoms causing more people each year to die from rattlesnake bites. But why would a snake that is already very venomous need to develop stronger ...
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What is this fish?! Is it even real?

According to a guy in a Facebook group I belong to, this fish was caught in the Missouri River near Omaha, NE, US. I have never seen one like it in my life, not in person or photo or anywhere. What on ...
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Why does nature use a 4-level system (DNA) to encode information?

First, I am not a biologist, so this question might be naive: All of our information processing and storing is based on 2-level logic, bits with 0 and 1. Now, DNA stores the information in a 4-level ...
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What are the differences and similarities between fimbriae and adhesins in microbes adherence factor?

Adherence factors in microbes is to attach to a host cell or to an extracellular matrix. So what is the difference and similarities between fimbriae and adhesins?
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Twin pregnancy, one natural, one surrogate, is it possible? [on hold]

My wife and I had our first child who is 6 months old now, and breast feeding. A couple friend of ours has not had the same luck and been trying for 4 years. They have tried IVF, but there are ...
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Why does all life use the same macromolecules in their genetic code?

There is no biochemical constraint of any sort, so why doesn't some other code work? Why is it specifically RNA/DNA?
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Are multi-chain proteins synthesized as one biological unit?

Are multi-chain proteins (especially homo/hetero-dimers) synthesized together as one overall unit or are they separate monomers which bind together at some point after synthesis, and are there any ...
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What anaconda species/variants/whatever (if any) would be plausible to keep as pets in Europe? [migrated]

All my life I've had one favorite animal: the anaconda. I used to read up quite a lot of documentation on them, but as time went on, I forgot most of it & haven't really found the time lately to ...
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Possible calculations with temperature, humidity, images and VIS spectrum of a plant in an Integrating sphere

I am currently working on a project which involves growing some plants in a integrating sphere made of foam. I have added temperature, humidity and soil moisture sensors as well as a Spectrometer (350 ...
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Nature of Dengue Fever Genetic Material

Once the genetic material for Dengue Fever is inserted into the human DNA, would the Dengue Fever molecular material be in the form of its own isolated DNA fragment or will it be inserted directly ...
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What is the decision making process when a bird builds a nest?

I have been watching The Life of Birds and I am rather startled by the ingenuity some birds show in building their nests. For instance, one species built a dummy nest on top with a secret entrance ...
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What is the distribution of the number of heterozygotes in finite populations?

Consider a bi-allelic locus with alleles A and a. We denote the frequency of the A allele by ...
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Why do people and animals stretch out their bodies and what is causing this behaviour?

I noticed that my cat which is only 6 months old has started stretching its body from time to time. Then I thought that this motion doesn't seem very natural from another cat's viewpoint, so my cat ...
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Does the genetic material the sperm carries affect its physical properties

Basically, what I'm asking is, is the actual sperm cell built from the blueprint in the DNA of the man or is it itself also a consequence of the DNA it carries? I'd like to know a few more things ...
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Whole Genome Sequencing and B Chromosomes

Do whole genome sequencing techniques detect B chromosomes if such chromosomes are present? My understanding is as follows: How the DNA material in a B Chromosome is mapped depends on the reference ...
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What species of eagle pushes their young to teach them flying?

There are many references to eagle pushing their young off the nest to make them know how to fly, for example this motivational video. It is also described in this website: Let me show you "the ...
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Whole Genome Sequencing and Chromosome Counts

In general, do standard whole genome sequencing techniques rely more on known chromosome counts, independently arrive at chromosome counts, and/or not directly address issues such as base number, ...
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What options are there to consume water and can you survive on them alone?

I thought about this a while, i can think of several ways, but i am not sure if there are other options and if you can survive on them alone withou dying of dehydration (lets ignore other problems ...
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How is pain induced by blunt and sharp objects?

Normally, when something touch you, you won't feel pain. With a great force "touching" you, you will feel pain. However, if something that is spiky makes contact with you, you will feel pain. So, how ...
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What were the symptoms of Phineas Gage after suffering his brain injury?

Phineas Gage was a construction worker who suffered a head injury due to an explosion at a construction site. A metal rod was pushed up his cheek and through his head. I have heard he demonstrated ...
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Do our belly buttons consist of scar tissue?

I read an interesting post on Facebook the other day saying that we all have a visible scar since birth - our belly button. This got me thinking (and research for me only found results regarding belly ...
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How do neurons receive the ions needed for creating electrical pulses?

I really wonder how ions are transported into the brain and the neurons for creating electrical potentials - how do ions get from our digestive system to the neurons? Or are the ions just freely ...
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What's the difference between a plant and an animal?

Are there some living things where the distinction between plant and animal is blurry or unclear? I wouldn't know where to put something like yeast. I also thought of photosynthesis, but then I ...
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How do we know Denisovans had 46 Chromosomes

What allows sequencers to conclude that Denisovans had 46 chromosomes rather than merely knowing Denisovans had the crossover material arranged in 48 or say 44 chromosomes? See ...
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Evolution of a Population

Scientists observe a newly established population of sexually reproducing plants growing on the shore of a small island. An observable trait of the plant has two possible phenotypes. It is determined ...

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