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reviewed Excellent Authority on Microbiological Definitions
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reviewed Needs Improvement How do genetic chimeras with different blood types not die?
Apr
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reviewed Excellent Why do we urinate more when we are nervous?
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reviewed Satisfactory I found these skulls in a old bottle in the woods. Can you tell me what they are?
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reviewed Excellent Do animals exist which have great vision, but see only grayscale?
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reviewed Satisfactory Why are plasmid genes not already incorporated into bacterial chromosomes if necessary for stressful situations?
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Apr
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comment Why reference genome is a reference?
@vajra78 it probably never will actually. These differences are irrelevant for most studies. You almost never care about individual genotypes, not unless this is a medical issue involving a specific individual. The point here is alignment and that is not affected by such small changes. Studies at the species level (looking at evolution or genetic regulation etc) rarely, if ever, need to take into account the intra-species variation.
Apr
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accepted Why is cold water more refreshing than warm water?
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answered Why reference genome is a reference?
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Mar
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comment Can bioluminescence be used for cancer or tumor detection?
Ah OK, that makes more sense. I was having trouble imagining how a promoter could be completely specific to tumor cells.
Mar
25
comment Can bioluminescence be used for cancer or tumor detection?
Huh, I stand corrected, thanks. I didn't know there were tumor-specific promoters.
Mar
25
comment Can bioluminescence be used for cancer or tumor detection?
What would a cancer specific promoter be? You could target a particular cell type, but how would you distinguish between tumorous and healthy? They have the same promoters. You could, perhaps, use promoters that are only active in proliferating cells but that limits the usefulness of the approach. More importantly, how would you detect the bioluminescence in, say, the liver?
Mar
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comment Can silverfish climb and produce silk?
@Lefty in that case, please edit your question so the actual question being asked is clearer.
Mar
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reviewed Leave Open How did birds become so intelligent?
Mar
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reviewed Reject Do changes in an organism's cell modify the genetic information it uses for reproduction?
Mar
22
comment Do changes in an organism's cell modify the genetic information it uses for reproduction?
What kind of organism? Multicellular or unicellular? If the former, what cell? A random cell of a multicellular organism? A gamete?