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Sep
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reviewed No Action Needed DNA extraction from oil-containing seeds
Sep
10
comment Why sleep? No, actually, why wake?
We should be fine using this: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/1997/biology
Sep
10
comment Why sleep? No, actually, why wake?
Hi and welcome to the Biology part of SE! I think you're tying in a few different concepts here, and they're really more philosophical than biological. I don't think it makes for a good SE question, but feel free to join me in Chat and I can talk you through some of the basics that I'm aware of.
Sep
7
comment Chromatids in metaphase?
I would have guessed it's metaphase of Meiosis II but there should be only 23 chromosomes in that case.
Aug
28
comment Pharmacokinetics: why do certain drugs follow zero-order kinetics?
Hi and welcome to Biology.SE! We encourage making a decent attempt to answer questions before we make new posts - could you let us know some of your thinking that led to this question, and what part of it you couldn't find easily by searching the web?
Aug
26
reviewed Close Is it possible to convert nerve signals or electrical pulses into a readable format?
Aug
25
answered what is the modern, molecular explanation of independent assortment of alleles?
Aug
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
24
comment Can genes change as we age?
The contradiction is gone now - it was exactly the part after "I've never heard of any case" that caused that (because you then went on to explain a case that you heard of) :)
Aug
24
comment How much does a typical biologist know about signal processing, machine learning, and (theoretical) computer science?
I think this question could improve if you added the reason why you're asking this (depending on which it may or may not have an actual answer). As it is, you're just requesting comments and the StackExchange Q&A format isn't really useful for that. Feel free to take this to chat of course: chat.stackexchange.com
Aug
24
comment Can genes change as we age?
Where do you get that info about parental transmission of epigenetics in order to speed up /slow down the baby's development? You're contradicting yourself here by saying there's nothing, and then saying what there is. Aside from that, telomerase is active in germ cells and thus the transmitted telomere length will not be affected by parents' age (jcs.biologists.org/content/115/8/1643.full.pdf - it would be a bit weird if it was any other way)
Aug
22
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
As long as the necessary nutrients are consumed orally and go through digestion, your gut flora and your own health should be fine. You could synthesise and consume indigestible carbohydrates (i.e. fibre) to support that additionally. His answer is an interesting thought though and does answer the question "Can humans survive without consuming life?" in a different angle.
Aug
22
reviewed Close What is the name of this big plant with a purple trunk and green to purple berries?
Aug
22
comment Does a woman's G-spot actually exist?
The links you provide contain all the material you could likely get in an answer here. There's hence not really any use in asking here as you could just as well read the Wikipedia article and its linked resources.
Aug
22
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
All organic components can be found in air and it is certainly possible to make them useful (plants do it too). Inorganic nutrients would need to be drawn from the ground but no live organism would need to be used or killed for that.
Aug
22
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
I don't think we ever disagreed XD I felt like number 1) in my answer was what the question asked and so that would be the correct answer - but it's true that the question is sort of ambiguous and hence I decided to post this general answer.
Aug
21
answered Can humans survive without consuming life?
Aug
21
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
At the very least current technology would allow you to build bacteria to synthesise all nutrients you need, in which case you would then not need to consume any live organisms but only chemical products they're not using themselves. It is true that you could consider everything within physical boundaries as possible, but what this question asks is either within or not far off available technology. Of course you are correct that the chance of it happening anytime soon is zilch due to lack of demand, but that's not what's being asked.
Aug
21
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
"any type of life" asks for the most inclusive reasonable definition of life, and that would include any type of cell or cellular material as alive.
Aug
21
comment Can humans survive without consuming life?
This answer is wrong. As explained by @FrancisDavey, it is certainly possible for us to synthesise every single nutrient we need from inorganic substances, at the expense of energy which we can gain non-organically too for example through solar or nuclear sources. That is, by all ways of understanding it, "without eating any type of life".