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Apr
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comment Why deoxyribose for DNA and ribose for RNA?
I'll have to ask for some references here, this answer contains quite a few statements that I find dubious. The stability of the helix is already addressed in the comments. But the first line is wrong as well, there are several known DNA enzymes that catalyze various reactions. The sensitivity to degradation of RNA has also a different reason, adressed in other answers on this question.
Apr
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Apr
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comment How can I search for and find specific biology topics in scientific journals?
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed is probably the most common way to search for papers in this area of science.
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Jan
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answered Differences among competent cells?
Jan
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comment Bootstrapping (symmetry breaking) in evolution
I've removed the comments that focused on persons, and not on the post and the content. Criticism is welcome, but please keep it constructive.
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comment How can I generate a random DNA sequence?
@WYSIWYG Each individual coupling is random, and if you get to a length of DNA where you don't have enough molecules for all permutations, it gets truly random as well.
Dec
14
comment How can I generate a random DNA sequence?
@WYSIWYG I'll have to look at the paper again, I though I had read them indicating that they were using chemical synthesis like I described, but it looks like I read that into their description
Dec
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answered How can I generate a random DNA sequence?
Dec
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comment Why can't our eyes smoothly transition from side to side without focusing on a moving object?
Saccades are not necessarily under conscious control, which does contradict your first paragraph. I think some references would be useful to support your answer.
Nov
24
comment How much ATP is consumed during protein synthesis?
You might want to think a bit about the boundary of your question, which parts of the whole process do you want to include. Loading the tRNA uses ATP as well, do you want to include other aspects or just the peptide bond formation? I'm not sure if there's a single value here, as far as I remember there are also elongation factors and other proteins that require ATP/GTP for protein biosynthesis.
Nov
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revised Can RNases/DNases survive in strong acid/base solutions of around 10M?
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comment Can RNases/DNases survive in strong acid/base solutions of around 10M?
@WYSIWYG Interesting. There are quite a few protocols I've seen that use relatively low NaOH concentrations over night to remove RNases, though the one I used myself used 2M NaOH and worked for me.