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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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A little help understanding DNA supercoiling

I am studying molecular biology from Lewin's Genes XII and got confused in the supercoiling topic. Since then I read from several other sources and so far understood the following. However, I can't ...
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Who invented dN/dS?

I am writing a paper, and I want to refer to the original paper that coined the term dN/dS (or Ka/Ks for that matter). I have found early works on dN and dS (like Miyata and Yasunaga 1980), but cannot ...
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How does the new discovery that mitochondrial dna is inherited from both parents change population genetics and other dates?

This new study seem to have pretty much proven that mtDNA is inherited from both parents. I assume that this would lead to most age estimates of ancient human ...
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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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Are there any alternatives to the Epicentre product Plasmid Safe?

I need to remove any traces of linear DNA (both single and double stranded) from a ligation reaction while keeping circular DNA intact. Up to now, I have used Epicentre's Plasmid Safe to do the job. I ...
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Do eukaryotes assimilate DNA that is floating in the extracellular membrane?

Prokayotes, which replicate primarily using binary fission, don't get much genetic diversity. For this reason, they take in any genetic material they encounter, in a gambit to help them better adapt ...
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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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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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Offspring of parents with different number of chromosomes

Many papers report that dog-whelks (Nucella lapillus) show a distinct chromosomal polymorphism between populations of 2n = 24 up to 2n = 36. Could somebody please tell me how many chromosomes the F1 ...
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What are the microscopic mechanisms of plant branching?

For a long time I've been idly interested in how the shape of a complex organism gets determined during development at a microscopic level. Recently I've realized that plants could be a good place to ...
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In vivo delivery of ssDNA

I am looking for a system with which I can deliver (large quantities of) ssDNA in vivo (say in mice). I do not know whether it is of importance but the 5' end of the ssDNA fragments are assumed to be ...
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How to calculate information content of a DNA sequence

How does one calculate the information content of DNA sequence like ATCGGCT where mutation rate of G's is 10% and the most common mutation product binds with C and A with equal frequency. I know that ...
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What are the reasons which make intron detection uncertain?

Intron/exon sequence detection seems to involve statistical prediction which can at best deliver a guess (until experimentally confirmed) as to where the splice site is. What are the reasons why ...
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CRISPR-Cas Systems

In the context of the bacterial systems (not the gene editing tool), I was wondering what happens to the foreign DNA after the Cas proteins have created a new spacer. It is really not clear to me, ...
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Inter-codon mutations statistical analysis

I am looking for a statistical approach to inter-codon mutations. For example a 64*64 (64*63 actually) table, that contain the possibility of mutation from one codon to another codon (CCA to CAA or ...
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Gibson assembly - primer design with A and T rich regions

I have question about Gibson assembly. I have done it several times and it always worked okay for us, but now I want to assemble together a fragment which has sequence like this: 5'...
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What is the status of the cfDNA ends?

I am working on a protocol to ligate cfDNA, extracted from blood, into some vector. I have looked into the literature but I cannot find any detail about the status of the ends of the cfDNA. Are they ...
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Need help to determine % difference between DNA-strand from two different haplotypes. Known nucleotide diversity and more

Backround: 229 DNA sequences 493 bp in length Haplotype diversity: 0.9956 Average number of nucleotide differences: 12.50544 Polymorphic sites: 145 Nucleotide diversity: 0.02426 Is it possible ...
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probability of hairpin vs self-dimer formation?

I have a linear ssDNA oligo that is designed such that the ends are complementary, and conducive to hairpin formation (see attached figure). My question is, which has a higher likelihood of formation, ...
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Design rules for DNA linkers

I want to use double stranded DNA linkers to physically bind two "things" together, by grafting ssDNA on each one of them and using DNA hybridization as the locking mechanism. I do not expect the ...
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DNA preservation at room temperature

I am considering preserving the DNA of a family member who passed away. The funeral home offers a service called DNA Memories from a Canadian company (CG Labs). They have two options: Store the DNA in ...
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Would I expect salt precipitate on fibres of DNA in a NaCl water solution?

I just recently conducted an experiment in my biochemistry class where we had to add DNA to distilled water, isotonic saline and 2.5M NaCl. I noticed different physical aspects depending on the ...
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How is the effect of proof-reading on error frequency during DNA replication determined?

An article in Nature Scitable on DNA Replication and the causes of Mutation states that: When an incorrect nucleotide is added to the growing strand, replication is stalled by the fact that the ...
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How much DNA does a species lose after post-polyploidization genome downsizing?

After whole genome duplication, diploidization takes place, right? A lot of changings in gene organization and expression involving genetic and epigenetic mechanisms (translocations, transpositions, ...
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How did biologists find out that bacterial plasmids were circular?

I was always curious how it was determined that bacterial plasmids were circular, since there isn't an obvious way to find this out. I heard somewhere that there was a difference when gel ...
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Can a phosphodiester bond form between RNA and DNA?

In the initiation of DNA synthesis: the RNA segments are first synthesized by primase and then elongated by DNA polymerase (Wikipedia). What does 'elongated' mean in this context? Is it possible ...
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DNA Longevity in Keratin, Ivory and other Bioplastics

For how long is DNA viable for extraction and/or sequencing in bioplastics created by the human body? I checked out a few links online, and this article gives a record of about 7000 years for frozen ...
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Why does cell waste energy in meiosis, between meiosis 1&2

As far as I have learnt about meiosis I have read that anaphase 1 is followed by telophase 2 where chromosomes change back to reticulum.but in the very next stage i.e prophase 2 they again start ...
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What happens during fixation of Nucleic acids on nylon membrane

In Southern blotting technique, fixation of DNA to nylon membrane is a step prior to hybridisation with probe. It is done by baking at 80ºC and according to this cross linking between DNA and nylon ...
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How many generations apart can a DNA test for blood relations be valid?

Suppose an American suspects he is a descendant of George Washington and he has a strand of hair of George Washington. Can a DNA test be done to prove that he is indeed a true descendant of the great ...
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Basic molecular biology of nucleic acids book for a mathematician studying DNA and RNA formally?

I am a mathematician studying DNA and RNA language from the perspective of Formal Language Theory. Note that I am aware of these posts: best book for a comprehensive introduction to biology for a ...
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Is DNA replication a serial or parallel process?

This video entertainingly supplements this 3d animation of DNA strand replication. Does this process happen serially from the beginning to the end of a DNA strand (like having to unzip a six foot long ...
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Difference between Classic Satellite DNA and Microsatellites/Minisatellites

I am very new to this community and have a basic question about repetitive DNA sequences. How is different (classic) satellite DNA from microsatellites/minisatellites? All textbooks give concrete ...
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Why is competence useful for a starving cell?

I know that some bacteria become competent when there is not much food available in their environment. I don't really understand why this is useful for the cell. I've seen some other organisms form ...
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Can translocation occur within a gene?

I know genes can be translocated between chromosomes but can nucleotide sequences be moved around within an individual gene? Could the following gene: MEN SAW OLD HEN Become: MSA WOL DHE NEN By ...
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Validity of comparing gene expression levels between alive and <24h postmortem cohort

There is a recent paper about assessment of a suicidal risk in psychotic patients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4759104/ One of the important points is that the authors compare gene ...
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Do users of CRISPR/Cas iterate or parallelize to try multiple guide sequences?

I've read about on-target efficiency and off-target effects in use of CRISPR/Cas9, and about tools that suggest good guide sequences. I am wondering: how many guide sequences do typical CRISPR users ...
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Scaling down amount of DNA for transfection: what factor to consider?

I am interested in transfecting HEK293 cells with a BAC. One paper suggests using 24 ug of DNA to transfect a 55-cm^2/10 ml culture plate. I am using an assay optimimzed for a 96 well plate so I am ...
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How does DNA organise a cell's physical position within a body?

How do cells "know" where they are supposed to be in relation to other cells, in forming the physical shape of the body? If you have ever tried to organise or choreograph the physical positions of a ...
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Minichromosome maintenance protein structure and function

I am having difficulty answering three homework questions which relate directly to Chong et al. (2000). Questions The authors have determined that MtMCM is able to bind both ssDNA and dsDNA (see ...
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Which DNA fragments do not have expected sizes on this gel electrophoresis?

The problem is such: After performing a PCR, the vector carrying the PCR fragment with two restriction enzymes (Nhe1 and Asc1). The DNA samples were then separated using agrose gel electrophoresis ...
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What are constrained genetic elements?

I am somewhat of a newbie in evolutionary biology currently taking my first steps in bioinformatics. I was reading a paper when I came across the term "constrained genetic elements", referring to ...
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Link between macro lncRNA and DNA looping

I was wondering if anybody knows some publication about macro lncRNA (very long unspliced RNAs) or more generally a transcribed RNA that may lead to cis-DNA looping of genomic regions overlapped by ...
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Is presence of air necessary for silica gel to absorb moisture?

I am a biologist currently doing field work where I need to quickly dry leaf samples using silica gel crystals. I use the orange indicating kind that are 2-4mm in size. The setup is like this. I ...
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Is UV radiation more likely to cause mutations during mitosis?

According to Life: The Science of Biology (10th edition), UV radiation might cause the formation of pyrimidine dimers, which are the primary cause of skin cancer in humans. Are mutations more likely ...
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Number of DNA strands per chromosome

As I was reading Griffith's Introduction to genetic analysis this evidence was provided for single DNA makes single chromosome. Eventually geneticists demonstrated directly that certain chromosomes ...
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Genes of the electron transport chain

Where are the genes of proteins that make the electron transport chain of mitochondria?(are they in in the nucleus or they are in the dna of the mitochondria itself?) Thanks for this answering system ...
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How is it possible for phosphate to form two ester bonds in DNA replication?

I understand that in phosphodiester bond formation, two hydroxl groups on the phosphate molecule bind to the 3' and 5' OH groups on two independent pentose sugars. This is a condensation reaction, so ...
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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 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 ...