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Jun
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Jun
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Apr
16
reviewed Excellent Why are plasmid genes not already incorporated into bacterial chromosomes if necessary for stressful situations?
Apr
16
reviewed Excellent Why do we urinate more when we are nervous?
Apr
15
awarded  Custodian
Apr
15
reviewed Satisfactory Authority on Microbiological Definitions
Apr
15
comment Why are there no trees in Texas?
This Texas tips his hat to your thorough and well illustrated answer. I hope the question remains up so others can enjoy it!
Apr
14
asked Do blood glucose “spikes” contribute to insulin resistance, or is prolonged elevation required?
Apr
7
comment Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
Let me also say that I am shocked, shocked that you did not immediately pick up the context for a two year old conversation that was abruptly resumed.
Apr
7
comment Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
In the comments, Brenton Horne said that a healthy diet increases attractiveness, and you responded that "attractiveness is a cultural value". I was pointing out that while preferences for body fatness have changed, most of the ways in which micronutrient-rich vegetables can contribute to appearance have been consistently favorable.
Apr
6
comment Why do some people find vegetables so repellent when evolutionarily they should find them an attractive and thus tasty food?
@Armatus body fat is a special case, and not that related to micronutrient deficiencies. I do not believe there are any cultures anywhere in which rickets, pockmarked skin, missing teeth, and other signs of vitamin deficiency are valued.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Mar
25
comment Does apheresis damage any components of blood? If not, why not?
Thank you both for the comments. I'm obviously not a biologist, so it was counterintuitive to me that forces of that kind would be unproblematic to cells. Is the same thing true for things other than cells, like albumin, liproproteins, etc?
Mar
25
comment Does apheresis damage any components of blood? If not, why not?
@WYSIWYG Is that specific to blood donation? I wasn't able to find that information, but when I looked up other blood fractionation procedures (typically for lab use) they had values around 1500g. Or would that even make a difference?
Mar
25
asked Does apheresis damage any components of blood? If not, why not?
Jan
27
revised Why do we assume that the first humans were dark-skinned?
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Jan
27
answered Why do we assume that the first humans were dark-skinned?
Jan
26
comment What happens if someone with mutations to alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) drinks alcohol?
In theory I believe that's true, but they'd also be much more susceptible to the normal intoxicating properties of ethanol / methanol, which might be just as harmful.
Jan
26
comment What happens if someone with mutations to alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) drinks alcohol?
The flush reaction is caused by reduced activity of ALDEHYDE dehyrdogenase. The question is about alcohol dehydrogenase, which is necessary for alcohol to be converted into acetaldehyde in the first place.
Jan
26
comment What is meant by “neurotransmitters flooding the brain”?
I'm pretty sure the answer is that it's a sensationalistic media term with no specific meaning. It probably covers a variety of different underlying biological mechanisms.