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comment Why do some medicines induce sleep?
Hi - I agree with some previous comments that this is too broad because (and this is an assumption) the mechanisms will probably differ between medicines - if you have a few in mind then list them in the question and this will hopefully be answered (I am very interested to see an answer - particularly for antihistimines I take around this time of year... makes me very groggy some days)
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comment Do I still have a chance of growing taller?
Tall parents do not necessarily give tall children. Height is an incredibly complex trait, affected by genetics and other things (e.g. diet). Because so many genetic sites affect height, your parents may not have the same "taller" alleles, and you may not have inherited any of them! Sorry, I realise this has been closed, but thought I would add this info just to add that lots of things affect height, and even if we're just talking genetics two tall parents do not always give tall offspring. P.S. this may be re-opened if you edit it to make it a "general" question not specific to you.
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comment Can you recharge without sleeping?
Ok. Didn't realise that reference was for all the points due to the vague wording - my apologies, it is an interesting answer.
2d
comment Can you recharge without sleeping?
Hi, this is a well-written answer, but can you include a few references (e.g. that lack of sleeps would kill you sooner than lack of food). Thanks!
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comment Can you recharge without sleeping?
Hi Marc - this has received a number of close votes because personal medical questions, or questions relating to your own personal health, are considered off topic. To make this "on topic" just remove the references to your own situation, therefore any answers/recommendations cannot be misconstrued as personal medical advice (which the vast majority of people here are not qualified to give). Thanks!
Jun
11
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Thanks! At what is now the University of Exeter Medical School - what was the Peninsula Medical School. "Genomic epidemiology" with Prof David Melzer & Prof Lorna Harries. I have been here since 2006 (for my undergraduate degree) - and you?
Jun
10
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I will try not to let the fact you went to Exeter (where I have just got my PhD) bias my voting!
Apr
2
comment Is it possible for a human to wake up in a wrong way?
I think the "sleep inertia" you refer to is the reason - if you are woken by your alarm during a particular cycle of sleep this would have an effect lasting all day [haven't looked this up - anecdotal]. This would then be referred to as having woken up on the wrong side of the bed (which is just a saying not a literal reason why you are having an off day). Could be due to all sorts of reasons though, including nutrition, recent physical activity, stress, alcohol/drug consumption... etc!
Mar
23
comment Is using Hidden Markov Models to find homologues sensible in abstract, short sequences?
Hi there - seems like you may get an answer from someone on BioStars or another site with more computational/statistical expertise - as this question is not really biological per se, more bioinformatic
Mar
19
comment Obvious phenotypic inheritance markers in humans
Interesting question. Eye and hair colour (two "obvious" ones), to my knowledge, can be different from either parent due to the dominant/recessive nature of alleles. I would be interested to know of any "true" <trait characteristic>, as you put it
Feb
27
comment Can DNA & RNA be considered as nature's programming language?
Hi @a.aniq I have made some edits to your question, to give you an idea of how a question might be structured (i.e. remove anything subjective - clarified meaning); but there are still massive assumptions that you made that I have left in - if you do a little research to clarify your own understanding and substantiate some of your assumptions with sources this question may qualify for re-opening and one of us can provide you with a much more detailed answer :)
Feb
26
comment What software/approach to use to build a graph based on microarray gene expression correlation?
Hi @VassiaAlk - Cytoscape is pretty well designed for constructing a "network" of genes that are connected by their degree of correlation in expression; check out the online resources (e.g. apps.cytoscape.org/apps/expressioncorrelation). This site is aimed at biological questions, therefore this is off topic. Best
Feb
18
comment Can DNA & RNA be considered as nature's programming language?
... there is more at work than simply the DNA. This field of regulation and differentiation concerns epigenetics, which are modifications to the DNA that do not change the genetic sequence, and is to some degree hertiable. Therefore it is incorrect to say that DNA alone makes an organism, and it is incorrect to say that other fields of biology are just beating around the bush - there are many more factors at play than just the genetic code.
Feb
18
comment Can DNA & RNA be considered as nature's programming language?
Was literally just writing an answer :/ in my eyes there is nothing opinion-based about this (although the question could be phrased better): classical molecular biologay says DNA makes RNA makes Protein. Whilst this is true, less than 2% of the genome is protein-coding, with the rest coding for regulatory regions and non-coding RNA molecules (often with important functions of their own). So whilst in some respects DNA could be considered the 'code' for organisms, it is much more complicated than this: each cell of an organisms has the same genetics but different phenotypes, so clearly ...
Feb
9
comment What are senescent cells doing in our bodies?
Voted to re-open. Although there are some misconceptions here this question is well within the realms of an overview answer of our current knowledge, in my opinion.
Feb
4
comment All UniprotIDs of a cancer pathway
@terdon good point about child terms being included as well in GO terms - I have voted up your answer as it seems more appropriate in this context!
Feb
4
comment What is it about the housekeeping genes that makes them almost immune to gene regulation?
Great answer - common misconception that "house keeping genes" are consistent in expression when used as reference genes. It is common practise to include several reference genes in many experiments and to confirm empirically that they do not vary between your samples.
Jan
30
comment Are codons that map to the same amino acids interchangeable?
Nice answer - I was considering posting another but it would be better if you just added this as another bullet point, as it is not mutually exclusive to your suggestions; this paper describes translational pausing of different lengths for different codons, even for the same amino acid, which affects protein 3D structure as well - so it would appear that codons in the DNA have another layer of information beyond that of simply saying which amino acid to add to the protein next!
Jan
29
comment Biological age of grafted plants
I have answered a related but not identical question previously "Do trees age on a microscopic level?": biology.stackexchange.com/questions/2055
Jan
28
comment Is there tea allergy?
Why the close votes? @Chris you have given a reasonable answer as the comment!