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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the carrier of genetic information, including for all known living organisms. The only known exceptions are RNA viruses.

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How atom works and it's different from DNA?

I am studying atoms recently because I am writing a short story and the characters would talk about it for a bit. And I wish it's scientifically accurate. So I read a lot of articles about the atom ...
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How does bonding between non-complementary bases occur?

My teacher told me that when DNA polymerase makes an error (roughly every 10 million nucleotides?) that if, for example, it matches an A with a G that the error remains and is the main cause of point ...
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Realistic Application of CRISPR in Human Disorders

Human trials recently began to use the genome editing technology CRISPR to treat sickle cell anemia using edited stem cells. Sickle cell anemia is caused by a single DNA Mutation, and is also a ...
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Calculating Possible Combinations of Bases in a DNA Strand of a Given Length

In my Biology class we were asked this question: This DNA strand consists of eight pairs of nitrogenous bases. How many different sequences of eight bases can you make? Explain how you found your ...
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Do we posses technology to rebuild sequenced DNA?

Is there existing technology that would allow to rebuild DNA molecule from a digital file storing sequenced DNA? If not, does there at least exist theory explaining how such device could be built?
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How to determine what vector to use?

I was wondering how does one select a vector? I assume from what I read that you choose a vector based on cell target. So if I was targeting neruons, I would use something like herpes virus or polio ...
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What happens after death? Are you just nothing? [closed]

I mean, when the brain dies, do you really know you've lived. I know you can not answer that question that way, but I'd like to hear your views on it. Do you believe in something? I have often ...
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Does DNA have the equivalent of IF-statements, WHILE loops, or function calls? How about GOTO?

Does DNA have anything like IF-statements, GOTO-jumps, or WHILE loops? In software development, these constructs have the following functions: IF-statements: An IF statement executes the code in a ...
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Why don't mitochondria have plasmids?

According to the endosymbiotic theory, mitochondria are descended from specialised bacteria (probably purple nonsulfur bacteria) that somehow survived endocytosis by another species of prokaryote or ...
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Why does Nature use a 4-level system to encode information in DNA?

First, I am not a biologist, so this question might be naive: Computer information processing and storage is based on 2-digit system of bits with values 0 and 1. Now, DNA stores the information in a ...
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Storage DNA Condition

It is possible to store a digestion of cells with lysis buffer several days at -20 degrees and then proceed with the phenol chloroform isoamyl purification?
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How do biologists discover information from fossils? [closed]

I have a query about the study of fossils (palaeontology). Let me know about the study of fossils. How do biologist discover "DNA" information from dead and old fossils such as a dinosaur? (answer ...
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What is the structure of DNA during Interphase? Chromatin Fibre or Beads on a string(nucleosomes)?

During Interphase, does DNA predominantly exist as Chromatin Fibre (30nm fibre) or Chromatin/beads on a string structure(10nm) ?
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DNA replication - how many times and when does it occur?

I’m currently learning about DNA replication in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. And my lecturer has mentioned that replication is a once in a lifetime activity. And I’m not sure what this is ...
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How do DNA viruses keep themselves in the nucleus without inserting themselves into genome?

If I'm not mistaken only RNA viruses insert themselves into the host genome. As an example of DNA viruses, herpes viruses for example do not insert themselves in the host genome. Then how do DNA ...
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Can CRISPR also remove DNA viruses?

If I'm not mistaken only RNA viruses insert themselves into the host genome. As an example of DNA viruses, herpes viruses for example do not insert themselves in the host genome. Can CRISPR cut DNA ...
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Must I HPLC-purify my PCR Primers for amplicon sequencing with PacBio SMRT?

I would like to order some primers for amplicon sequencing. I am using universal tag primers (unusually long 30-mers recommended by PacBio for SMRT, both F&R) + barcodes (16-mers). The resulting ...
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How are mitochondrial diseases like MERRF inherited?

I am doing a project on the disorder MERRF in Mitochondrial DNA. I have to make a pedigree and explain how it is transferred on from generation to generation. I know that it is inherited maternally, ...
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How much of my ancestry comes from each grandparent?

Three of my grandparents were Eastern European, back at least several generations. I recently discovered that I am less than 25% Eastern European, the rest being Western European and other. How likely ...
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Are viruses ever manufactured directly from viral DNA embedded in the genome?

Some viruses can cause their genetic material to be pemanently stored in the human genome -- even getting passed on to offspring. Endogenous Retroviruses, for example are thought to make up between 5~...
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What is the fibre axis in the Watson and Crick paper?

I was reading Watson and Crick’s original article on DNA structure in Nature 171, 737–738 (1953). The accompanying diagram (shown below) has something called the “fibre axis” going through the DNA. ...
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How many phosphates are in the 5' end of a DNA strand?

I know that the pyrophosphate of a NTP is hydrolysed so that it can create enough energy for the synthesis of DNA. But if we want to get specific we can know for sure that the 3' end of the DNA strand ...
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Is most of the human genome functionless “junk DNA”?

In January 2012, David Icke published a book (ISBN: 9780955997334) entitled “Remember where you are and where you come from” in which he challenged what he claimed to be the view of mainstream science ...
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Can a hydra get cancer?

Because hydras have immune systems, telomerase activity, and Piwi-piRNA like cancer cells I wonder if they can get cancer?
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Is it possible to fuse DNA from two sperms into one sperm?

Is it possible to fuse the DNA of two genetically different sperms into one singular sperm? In theory, half of the number of chromosomes in a normal sperm would come from one sperm and the other half ...
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Projects in DNA Computing [closed]

I am physicist and have recently heard about DNA computing. I want to work in this area. I want your ideas on a "feasible but new project" (maximum time I can put on the project: 6 Months ), I can ...
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Can a dividing cell that skipped DNA replication become cancerous?

Let's assume that a cell fails to replicate its DNA during the S Phase of the cell cycle. Let's also assume that the appropriate CDKs are inactive (perhaps due to mutation or lack of cyclin proteins ...
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Why AZT is selective towards HIV and doesn't impair human DNA replication?

I've found this article, which is a very old one (from the time when nucleoside analogs where researched as a possible way to prevent replication of virus genetic material, before the HIV epidemics). ...
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If an ethnic group holds nearly 100% of a particular haplogroup, does it means that people who have this haplogroup are their descendants?

Let me give you a hypothetical example. If the Egyptians were 100% E3b1, and the Levantines 50%, and the Anatolians 25%. Does this indicate that the Levantines and Anatolians are descended from ...
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Why don't all protein sequences taken from DNA get synthesized?

Why don't all protein sequences in DNA get synthesized? The genome, and subsequently extracted proteome, is much larger than the collection of proteins for which there is any other experimental ...
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Typical DNA replication times

Just out of curiosity (I am completely strange to biology), as I have been unable to find this info on the internet: How long does the whole DNA replication process take? (say, the replication of a ...
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How stable is linear DNA transfected in eukaryotic cells?

I would like to know, with references from the literature, what is the half life of a linear dsDNA transfected in a mammalian cells. For example, if I transfect human cells with a PCR product (500-...
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How do eukaryotes terminate transcription? (clarification on Campbell Biology)

I'm having trouble understanding how eukaryotes terminate transcription. Studying Campbell Biology (pg. 342, 10th ed.), I read: In eukaryotes, RNA polymerase II transcribes the polyadenylation ...
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Do thymine and uracil ever appear in the same strand of RNA?

Wikipedia says that "in RNA, thymine is replaced with uracil in most cases." I'm curious what are the cases when this does not happen? Does this ever occur in normal functioning, or is it an error? ...
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Do telomeres appear at just one end of the chromosome?

I have just studied DNA Replication for my Biology Class and I have this question that leaves me stuck, though I have tried to figure it out myself. During telomere replication, I am aware Telomerase ...
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Are there any DNA base sequences that are shared by every living being that we know of? And if yes, are some of those sequences “silent”?

In "every living being" I am not including viruses as another question already answered that. I have read that some part of the DNA sequences of humans and other animals/plants are "silent" as in not ...
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How does DNA code for the actual *shape* of individual body parts/areas (NOT segments or Hox genes)?

Just to save the trouble - I am not asking for general information on how DNA codes for proteins and definitely not how Hox genes work. I have a very good understanding of the evolutionary process and ...
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How can I extract DNA from horse hair?

For my project I have to find an inexpensive, quick and simple-to-use method to extract DNA from horse hair. The sample does not have to be purified because the sample will be used for LAMP and not ...
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What is the number of DNA strands per cell?

I wonder if each cell possess only one strand of DNA which according to my book is more than "7 feet" long(if uncoiled), then why does human has 46 chromosomes which are actually coiled chromatin (DNA ...
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How many nucleotides in the DNA molecule? [closed]

Suppose I cut a human DNA molecule that was 6800Å long into 5 equal sized pieces using molecular scissors, how can I find out number of nucleotides in each of the cut pieces? Please give a bit ...
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How does DNA determine all of our hereditary traits?

It's my understanding that DNA codes only for protein synthesis. Does that mean that hereditary traits, like the shape of our nose, are determined only by the proportions in which various proteins are ...
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Does the DNA stick to surfaces we touch?

In case of robbery, the police visit the robbery scene and collect some samples like foot print or any item suspected to have been touched by the robber. The sample is then taken to laboratory for DNA ...
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DNA of identical twins

I read an article which says that identical twins have 100% similarity between their DNA, but they have different fingerprints. Does that mean the DNA is different in the fingers? What body features ...
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How do mutations with very little fitness benefit get fixed?

I have one little issue with evolutionary theory that I have not been able to understand. Suppose genetic mutations happen from generation to generation. Nevertheless, from one generation to the next ...
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How to convert enrichment/depletion to frequency for comparing deep sequencing to sequence profile?

I have two datasets, from different sources, that I need to compare. The first set is deep sequencing results of a directed evolution experiment, where I have the naive library and selected library ...
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Why Only DNA can Contain Hereditary Material?

Well I'm well aware that it is proven that DNA contains genetic material via transformation and Hershey-Chase Experiment of T2 bacteriophage. Still I was wondering what is the reason only DNA ...
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Double stranded RNA Single stranded DNA

I have seen in textbooks referring to ds RNA and ssDNA. How a RNA can be double stranded and likewise how a DNA can single stranded and if they do exist why are there names not interchanged?
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Improving DNA quality and yield from stool samples

I prepared genomic DNA from pig stools but the concentration was very low — about 3~4 ng/µl, when I measured it using nanodrop. The A260/A280 and ...
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Alignment sample of DNA collected from the crime scene and sample DNA collected from suspect

At a crime scene where DNA sample is collected, can smith-waterman algorithm be used to determine alignment between the DNA sample collected from the crime scene and the DNA sample of the suspect ?
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What causes skewed lanes in a DNA gel electrophoresis experiment?

In gel electrophoresis, what causes effects like these (see column 11 in the first one, and column 6 in the second)? (These images were samples that I took from an online activity we did for class)...