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Feb
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answered How long do viruses, such as Zika, stay in the body?
Jan
6
comment Why are the genomes of Humans 99.5% the same?
@AMR I did not say you are wrong, I just wanted to clarify for readers that even if there are 150 million differences, only a very tiny fraction are actually meaningful. I considered proteins because that is what you mentioned, but there are many other types of changes that can be functional (e.g. in regulatory regions). Still, even if you consider all of these, the vast majority of differences will not have any effect.
Jan
6
comment Why are the genomes of Humans 99.5% the same?
I would like to comment that out of the 150 million differences only a tiny fraction change protein sequence in a meaningful way. First, because protein coding sequences are 1.5% of the genome. Second, a random amino acid change in a protein is very unlikely to have a functional effect. Third, because changes that affect function may potentially be selected against. So the actual number of functional differences much smaller (I am guessing ~100000 or less).
Jan
6
answered Why don't housekeeping genes have TATA Box regions in their promoter sequences?
Nov
11
comment Is there a genomic code for nucleosome positioning?
Yes and no. Part of the issue is that there are different definitions for what a "genomic code" is and there are different definitions for what "nucleosome positioning" is. You may be interested in this review written by the two leading researchers involved in this debate: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23463311
Oct
22
revised Is warmth/temperature sensed linearly or on a different scale?
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Nov
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comment Looking for a gene in my raw genetic data. What are the possible causes for this?
@Blankasaurus checking a specific SNP would be trivial for a molecular biologist, this is the type of thing you do in an undergrad molecular biology lab course. I am pretty sure you could pay some company to do this as well. Basically you can take some saliva, extract DNA, and use PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to amplify the region of interest, and then sequence it using Sanger sequencing.
Nov
21
revised Looking for a gene in my raw genetic data. What are the possible causes for this?
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Nov
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answered Looking for a gene in my raw genetic data. What are the possible causes for this?
Nov
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Nov
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Oct
23
comment Forum on synthetic biology and hypothetical biology?
Synthetic biology is currently at the level of constructing genetic circuits and modifying bacteria. We still don't fully understand all the details of how single-cell organisms work, so creating new types of animals is pretty far away.
Sep
22
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Aug
8
comment Which turtle species was on board the Iranian Space Agency launch in 2010?
I apologize for the skepticism, but is there any indication this was a real turtle?
May
30
comment How Sex Evolved ? and when?
@TheLastWord yes, the name is the letter a.
May
3
comment Are there special constants in biology that define organism's morphology?
Any scientific references on the appearance of the golden ratio in nature? From what I know this is highly debated.
May
2
revised Are there special constants in biology that define organism's morphology?
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May
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answered Are there special constants in biology that define organism's morphology?
Apr
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answered Modern alternatives of DNA footprinting