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Feb
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revised At what stage of meiosis does “first meiotic arrest of oogenesis” occur?
Question rephrased to make more sense, use English grammatical patterns, be more polite, and include wiki link.
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suggested approved edit on At what stage of meiosis does “first meiotic arrest of oogenesis” occur?
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Feb
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revised What effect does ambient temperature have on the cardiovascular system?
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suggested approved edit on What effect does ambient temperature have on the cardiovascular system?
Feb
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revised Why does so much variation exist within species?
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comment How long will a vegetable live for after being harvested?
To continue.. Because plants grow iteratively, by repeatedly generating similar parts, there is no individual organ which is essential to the functioning of the rest. Contrast that with the determined growth of animals, where there is one head and if the head is removed, nothing else can happen. The growth pattern and the control system are interrelated.
Feb
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comment How long will a vegetable live for after being harvested?
@Hector That's exactly right: animals generally rely on the coordination of their processes by a central system, involving for example the nervous system and the circulatory system. Those systems are vulnerable to interruption, and that's what we call death in animals. Plants on the other hand do not have their essential processes coordinated centrally; they are controlled by environmental forces (gravity, thermodynamics, etc.) which generally are not subject to sudden termination.
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revised Why does so much variation exist within species?
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comment Height and natural selection in humans?
Excellent answer (you did a simulation!). Marta is right: mutation generates variation, but also human mate selection is not driven by height.
Feb
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revised Why does so much variation exist within species?
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answered Why does so much variation exist within species?
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accepted Why do some plant species have lobed leaves, while similar species in the same habitat don't?
Feb
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comment Are there any plants that fix their own nitrogen?
Well, by definition a food plant can't be a noxious weed, because they aren't noxious. But you raise a valid concern - mostly engineered traits such as vitamin A synthesis or herbicide tolerance are maladaptive and so they pose little risk of surviving outside deliberate cultivation for long. N fixation would be an adaptive trait in many habitats. Still, I don't think that's a reason not to do it, it's a reason to address the problem with a solution.
Feb
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comment If I put a cup over a spider, and leave it there for a day, will the spider survive?
+1 for a referenced and evidence-based answer
Feb
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revised Do insects' muscles become stronger with exercise?
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Feb
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comment Is Behe's experiment (evolving the bacterial flagellum) plausible in the lab?
It's true that directed evolution, by definition, is supposed to take a shortcut. But the likelihood of achieving the desired outcome is miniscule in this case, precisely because of the complexity of the organ. And whilst we might skip some of the non-contributory generations, we are talking many orders of magnitude difference between a human lifetime and evolutionary time. Previous directed evolution experiments have never achieved this. By a random evolutionary walk, we might see a simpler solution or none at all in human timescales in the lab.
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suggested approved edit on Do insects' muscles become stronger with exercise?
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