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Jul
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comment Is there any other function of DNA?
From what I researched, no
Jun
28
comment Is there any other function of DNA?
No, there are only synthetic ones
Jun
24
comment Eye Brain Mapping
dd3 answered this already, but here's an idea how to separate your eyes: take a pair of (sun)glasses and put a different sticker on the left and the right piece. Then put them on.
Jun
18
comment Keyword based literature search
I would either cite an advanced molecular biology or developmental biology textbook or if you must cite a paper, find the relevant chapter in the textbook and look at its references.
May
16
comment Knockdown of long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) - how is it done?
I added a reference
May
16
comment What material is recommended for autoradiography cassettes when working with 32P?
The cassettes I use are made of aluminum and plastic, I think the steel ones are old. There is also the phosphor screen or film directly on top of the radiation source. Shouldn't those stop the radiation and absorb it to form an image?
Apr
5
comment How did this spider evolve to mimic exactly a human face and arms?
And to note: this is all rather hypothetical, of course. It's hard to get a direct answer to any evolutionary/ecological question, hence there's so much debate.
Apr
5
comment How did this spider evolve to mimic exactly a human face and arms?
@terdon Absolutely, we do see faces everywhere. But we use a colon and parenthesis because they look like a face. My whole argument is that indeed there's antroporphism, but animals take advantage of that all the time. As for that spider, it is not trying to imitate a human face in particular. Rather, having a back that looks like a scary face may help with larger animals.
Apr
5
comment How did this spider evolve to mimic exactly a human face and arms?
@terdon What about the example with the moths in London who changed their wing color to a darker shade when the industrial revolution covered the city in ashes? I think human activity can provide stable selection in many cases.
Apr
4
comment How did this spider evolve to mimic exactly a human face and arms?
Not sure. Could be both, I think, since bigger predators may inadvertently crush the spider or use it at play. The scary face could stop them from doing that.
Apr
4
comment Strange behavior of a DNA gel
Yeah, I threw out the old gel but I ran a new one at a higher voltage and shorter time. It worked. I'll check your theory when I get some free time
Apr
4
comment Strange behavior of a DNA gel
I looked it up and the website does say sybr safe runs away from migrating DNA. I might have been off with the timing and this fits, thanks.
Mar
30
comment How long can I store autoclaved disposables and reagents?
Great, so from what I gather: sealed autoclaved plastics can be used even after a year of storage. It is safe to presume buffers are good for a week. That pretty much answers my question. I think it outlined clearly in the answer for future reference.
Mar
29
comment Least painful way to die
Part of the problem is: how do you know when an animal is suffering or in pain? Maybe looking into pain management research that uses animal models would be informative.
Mar
29
comment How long can I store autoclaved disposables and reagents?
Thanks, I was asking specifically for plastics and buffers, such as PBS. No medium or antibiotics.
Mar
27
comment Expanding the SETI initiative to seek intelligent data within DNA sequences?
You suggest an interesting idea, but what's the question?
Mar
27
comment A program for cell motility assessment with a batch process function?
I don't know of a specific program but the MATLAB file exchange is likely to have scripts for that purpose. It may also help to migrate this to StackOverflow
Mar
23
comment Complexity in creating transgenic animals (e.g., mice)
If you have the individual mutants already, it's just much cheaper to set up crosses than to make a whole new transgenic.
Mar
22
comment Improving Gel Extraction yields
I also want to use this post to mention there are cheaper alternatives to the Qiagen kits, such as the ones here: mn-net.com, that work just as well and sometimes better. Using those can save you a lot of money. This is not an ad: I or my lab are not in any way affiliated with the company or website I'm linking to. I'm just sharing customer experience.
Mar
20
comment Does sleep in humans re-structure based on the expected sleep time?
:D It's a nice one.