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accepted Why are pilots under the illusion of gaining altitude without doing so?
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accepted What can cause incompatible sticky ends to be ligated?
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accepted How to calculate virus titre from qPCR
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comment Do single crossovers occur in circular polynucleotides?
I'm accepting this answer because my understanding has improved in the meantime. As it is not possible to image recombination events as they happen (yet), it isn't possible to answer this conclusively.
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accepted Do single crossovers occur in circular polynucleotides?
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accepted How do axon terminals report to the soma?
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comment Could we transmit smells electronically?
I guess ultimately you could say the reason is the nature of the sense you're trying to reproduce. While seeing, hearing and touch are all senses based on non-material physical phenomena (sound waves, light rays, forces), the sense of smell serves as a tool to sample gaseous chemicals. This is why it's so intimately connected to taste, which is sampling the chemicals in solid and liquid matter.
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comment Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
Though in retrospect, I'm not sure anything about attractiveness, i.e. sexual selection, is very relevant to evolution of taste - at the very least considering that overcoming our sense of taste is a pretty easy thing to do in order to increase attractiveness (which is very evident today).
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comment Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
I must humbly apologise for this most intolerable shortcoming of mine, I shall endeavour to re-read every word I write on the internet at least every six months! [I actually did re-read the whole thread earlier, but failed to make the connection] On topic, I would expect overweight to be indeed related to micronutrient deficiencies - in that overconsumption of food (particularly the kinds of foods available in such cultures where overweight was considered attractive) would simultaneously at least prevent deficiency.
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comment Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
@octern Thanks for your comment! Could you clarify how micronutrient deficiencies relate to the question, answer or my comment earlier?
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reviewed Leave Open Why autosomal trisomy has more adverse effects than sex choromosome monosomy or trisomy?
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comment Are there sterilisation methods that do not denature proteins as heat does?
I'd recommend removing the claim about human health as it's very questionable. Sterilisation by heat can, depending on the actual temperature, indeed denature proteins. Similarly, strong radiation will ultimately break molecules. I can't tell you whether the levels used to sterilise milk are sufficient to denature anything contained in it though. In general of course, "Are there sterilisation methods that do not denature proteins as heat does?" should be a valid question.
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reviewed Close Are there sterilisation methods that do not denature proteins as heat does?
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reviewed Close Why does gaining a hydrogen in biology considered reducing a molecule?
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