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Questions tagged [biotechnology]

Biotechnology is a field of biology which utilizes biological systems like microorganisms to produce valuable products, such as biofuels, drugs, and vaccines.

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What is RNA Engineering

I've been hearing the term passed around, and my own research has led me to some very high-level papers which propose new tools for accomplishing RNA engineering. From the abstract of one of the ...
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How to calculate Oxygen consumption?

I am looking into Glycolysis and TCA cycle. I have learnt that oxygen is the final electron acceptor. So, let's say we know the amount of NADH and FADH2 produced under some circumstance related to ...
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Restriction enzymes [closed]

Why are those restriction enzymes which cut the DNA strands a little away from the centre of the recognition sequence more useful in the construction of recombinant DNA?
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What is the difference between Endoproteinase Lys-C and Lysyl endopeptidase?

What is the difference between Endoproteinase Lys-C and Lysyl endopeptidase? In the text I'm translating about peptide mapping, "lysine protease" is mentioned (in Russian: лизиновая протеаза). This ...
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Restriction enzyme digestion

A circular plasmid of 10,000 base pairs (bp) is digested with two restriction enzymes, A and B. This produces a 3000 bp and a 2000 bp bands when visualized on an agarose gel. When digested with one ...
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Could trees be engineered to produce rainfall-nucleators?

Scientists are using genetic engineering to make trees produce more terpenes. Is it possible to genetically engineer trees to produce more hygroscopic volatile organic compounds? These trees could be ...
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Pichia pastoris and ornithine

Can Pichia pastoris (species of yeast used for recombinant protein) produce the non-protein amino acid Ornithine? Or does it express ornithine at all?
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how does a dna probe work in DNA fingerprinting?

It says in my textbook ' after hybridisation with VNTR probe, the autoradiogram gives many bands of different sizes '. I tried looking on the net and it said there that probe is ' a radioactively ...
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Role of calcium chloride during competent cell preparation

I am aware of the fact that $CaCl_2$ settles down on the cell wall making it less negative may be by forming bond with Teichoic acid. Also due to the positive charge it attracts DNA (DNA is negatively ...
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Formulation of Biomass reaction for metabolic model [closed]

What are some good review articles that could help me develop basic knowledge regarding biomass equation formulation? I read this paper titled biomass objective function, but it only gives a general ...
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PCR limits of detection calculate method

Is any standard method for use to gain PCR sensivity or limit of detection? my mean is not for RT-PCR or Real-Time or any other kind and just simple PCR. After making PCR product free of dNTP and ...
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Kegg in Cytoscape: how to get plots with reaction IDs in place of EC numbers using KeggScape?

I found a KeggScape manual page representing Kegg reactions in Reaction ID format, but I couldn't find how to get a Kegg plot with reaction IDs in place of EC numbers. Does anyone know?
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RNA interference and the former Petunias experiment >

I'm having problems trying to understand how RNA interference works. From what I understood, in simple terms there is this dsRNA which is fragmented into siRNA by the enzyme called Dicer, and those ...
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Can restriction sites be used as PCR primers?

I have a DNA fragment that contains the gene of interest sandwiched by restriction enzyme sites. Then, can PCR amplify the entire fragment, recognizing the restriction enzyme sites?
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Perplexing by the way of estimating the shared or different genes between humans and chimps

We share 98.5% genes with chimps (it means we have 98.5% same DNA sequeces ),so there is about one percent difference .It means we can approximately differ from them by one base pair every hundred ...
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For a recombinant pUC19 plasmid with cut sites at Hind III and EcoO109i, does lactose need to be present for the gene of interest to be expressed?

I am growing E. coli transformed with the plasmid pUC19 with an insert of an enzyme in rat brain between the mentioned cut sites (EcoO109i and HindIII). I have isolated and created the recombinant ...
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Isolating the gene of interest for protein production

For protein production, the gene of interest is inserted in an expression vector and introduced into a suitable host for expression. But how is the gene of interest for the desired protein isolated ...
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Best method to cure cancer as of now? [closed]

I am not talking about chemotherapy or radiotherapy. So, if it exists, what is the best biological technique to cure cancer as of now?
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Is it possible to remove one strand of double stranded DNA in vivo?

Assume we do have a double stranded DNA sequence in human cells, say ...ATCGATATCGATATTGCAGAGCATAGCTATAA... ...TAGCTATAGCTATAAGCTCTCGTATCGATATT... Now I want to ...
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Optimizing Gel Electrophoresis: Ampere, Volts and Buffer concentrations

I am a master student in biochemistry, and I have used gel electrophoresis many times before. What I want to know is how one should adjust the mA (mAmpere) compared to the voltage and the buffer one ...
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How can I accurately measure glucose concentration in culture media?

I am trying to identify the best way to measure glucose concentration in culture media with E. coli. Now, I imagine I can use those glucose meters that diabetic people use, but unfortunately can't ...
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What's the rationale behind freezing one's eggs if cells can be cloned?

It seems to me there's a lot of discussions around the topic of somebody freezing her eggs. What I don't understand though are the following: Why would you freeze your eggs when you know that the ...
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Can aptamers be used to identify the terminal amino acid residue of a peptide?

Suppose there were DNA or RNA aptamers that bind specifically to a certain terminal amino acid residue. Let's name it aaSA (amino acid specific aptamer). For example, the aptamer binding to terminal ...
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Transgenic Plant-Gene source for introduction into host organism

Let's say the plant-gene itself is known, i.e. the exact neucleotide sequence is available in a gene bank (originally sequenced from a tree sample extracted RNA). Previous work has already successfuly ...
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Is it possible to separate the binding and catalysis of an enzyme in two steps?

Is it possible to do the following: Enzyme E binds to its substrate S without catalysis; Add a controllable stimulus, such as light, adding or removing chemicals; The enzymatic reaction is triggered ...
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Alternatives to PCR

PCR uses cycles of heating and cooling to denature the strands, calling for special thermostable DNA polymerases. In a cell, during replication, Helicase unwinds the DNA without the requirement of ...
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Plasmid Expression Vector [closed]

If I am going to transform a plasmid into a bacterium, which will then be fed to a C. elegans, the expression vector needs to be bacterial correct? The other option is to have a worm expression vector,...
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Bio-fuel efficiency as aviation gasoline

Can biofuels replace petroleum for aviation fuel? I've read in the news that Alaska Airlines was flying with 10~20% biofuel and 80~90% petroleum. Is biofuel efficiency comparable to the efficiency of ...
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Why is there a size limit on inserts that a plasmid can accept?

Throughout my undergraduate education I have been taught that plasmids can't carry very large inserts, but I have never been told why. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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E.coli division and its DNA replication [duplicate]

E.coli divides in 20 minutes and its DNA replicates in 38 minutes .Kindly explain.
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Does opening the lid of the spectrophotometer affect my results?

If I'm performing an experiment using a spectrophotometer and I mistakenly forgot to close the lid on the spectrophotometer, would that affect my results?
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How does the sticky ends of foreign gene bind with its counterpart in the plasmid DNA if positions are not matching?

Consider a foreign gene with recognition sequence as GAATTC for EcoR1. Now suppose that it is being cut at two palindromic sequence to form sticky ends. Here the sticky ends are formed such that ...
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How does NHEJ cause indels?

I was reading up on CRISPR-cas9 and how it works and I am having trouble wrapping my head around how NHEJ to repair the DSB can cause indels to occur. Shouldn't the NHEJ just stick the two strands of ...
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Can any enzyme be produced?

After reading about how recombinant insulin is produced, the following question occured to me. Does the current level of technology allow any enzyme to be produced in a similar way? As I see, ...
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If a given DNA oligo is an aptamer, will the corresponding RNA oligo with the same sequence be an aptamer aswell?

Functionality of aptamers depends upon the oligo's sequence and secondary structure. So, if I take a DNA aptamer and make an RNA oligo of the same sequence (T replaced with U obviously), will this RNA ...
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How to synthesize and isolate single stranded cDNA from an RNA template?

I would like to have pure single stranded cDNA of my choice. I am thinking of reverse transcription from RNA (obtained by in vitro transcription), degrading RNA from RNA-DNA hybrid with RNase-H, ...
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Use of Gene Guns

Gene guns (biolistic particle delivery systems) use gold or tungsten atoms coated with plasmid DNA and bombard it on cells. Their use, as far as I understand, is mostly limited to plant cells. From ...
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Colormetric assay for a phenol product?

I am working on an assay for phenol products created by a colony of bacteria. I have searched up a paper that involves gibbs reageant but the protocol is kind of unclear. Does any of you know where I ...
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RNAi in nematode resistant plants

Background : Certain plants have been genetically engineered to have sense-antisense gene of a parasitic nematode. The dsRNA produced by the plant then inactivates the mRNA produced in the nematode, ...
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Why does bacillus thuringiensis produce bt toxin?

Background : B.thuringiensis produces an inactive crystalline toxin during sporulation which when ingested by an insect, gets activated and causes pore formation in gut , subsequently leading to death ...
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Is there a protocol for freezing and thawing Bacillus subtilis cells?

There is a book that says to store Bacillus spores in 50% glycerol at -70 degrees Celsius (doesn't mention if the 50% is final concentration or not). But from what I know, the cells themselves can be ...
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What is a new biotechnology issue? [closed]

I'm looking for any new biotechnology issue related to Biochemistry, Metabolic processes, molecular Genetics, or other relevant fields. If anyone knows of an issue that has solid resources around I'd ...
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How do I make conclusions from the autoradiograph of a Southern blot?

Here's another question taken from "Concepts of Genetics," Klug et al (10ed), revolving around a paternity test. PCR and a Southern blot were carried out in order to determine whether 3 chimpanzees (...
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Ethanol production by fermentation?

As bacteria are involved in the production of ethanol through fermentation and ethanol is also used as antiseptic that kills bacteria, so how and why bacteria are involved in the synthesis of such ...
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How to increase the shelf life of yogurt without refrigeration?

When we make yogurt at home and do not refrigerate it, it will become sour because of conversion of lactose into lactic acid by Lactobacillus bacteria, but this does not happen in case of Nestle's ...
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How are Stem Cells Produced for Stem Cell Based Therapies?

I was doing an initial search on google but couldn't come up with anything I'm looking for. I know were stem cells come from and a bit about their levels of differentiation. For example, embryonic ...
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Oligonucleotide purification with desalting

I have ordered 36bp oligonucleotides that anneal to each other and create sticky ends to be cloned in a vector afterwards. I have tried cloning many times with different methods and I failed. Now I ...
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Telomere and its effect on aging

The cloned sheep, Dolly, was said to have died very soon because the cells used to create it were taken from an adult sheep with an aged telomere. Why doesn't this happen with humans? Why aren't we ...
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Nutritious protein substance for vitamin enhanced crop?

I am not a bio or science major, but we have a subject, like an elective on biotechnology and we were tasked to think of a product that hasn't been invented yet. My groupmates and I thought of a ...
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How are we able to find the specific sites at which DNA binding proteins bind?

We know that some DNA binding proteins are site specific, that is they recognise and bind to a specific nucleotide sequence. My question is how can we precisely tell at which sites they bind? Is it ...