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Genetics is the branch of biology that deals with the transmission and variation of inherited characteristics.

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Is there any evidence that genes which are associated with physically adjacent structures are located near each other within the genome?

I am not sure if there are individual genes for, say, fingers and if so, would such genes be near the genes that affect hand growth? If not "near" in the Euclidean sense, could there be a different ...
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Balancing selection vs introgression?

Balancing selection can maintain polymorphisms in natural populations for extended periods of evolutionary time. However, in this paper, Dannemann et al. 2016 identify three archaic haplotypes in the ...
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Why would low complexity regions be linked with relaxed selection?

I'm reading a text (Wagner, 2007) on identifying positive selection. In the paper, the author says that low complexity regions are known to be associated with the relaxed selection. I'm trying to ...
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Do all humans have an identical nucleotide sequence for certain proteins, e.g haemoglobin?

All humans have the same sort of proteins in our bodies. Take haemoglobin for example. Is the gene coding for haemoglobin in my body identical to everyone else's gene or is there slight variations ...
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Is variation a result of Evolution?

We know that the DNA copying mechanism that replicates DNA during cellular division is not 100% accurate and the resultant errors are the source of variation in the members of a population. At the ...
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The First Polymerase

Knowing that polymerase protein is needed for the transcription of genes, which polymerase is used in the transcription of polymerase protein itself?
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Fertilization of the human egg- where does our centrosome come from?

Is there a centrosome in a human egg cell? Is the reason why the egg cell remains paused before meiosis 2 because there isn't a centrosome, and it only divides when the sperm fertilizes it thus it can ...
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When is it reasonable to assume selection for an observed change?

In speciation events, a lot of changes seems to appear simultaneously. How can a specific partial changes, occuring together with a lot of other changes, be said to be advantageous or disadvantageous? ...
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Why these 2 dots frequently occur in dog's eyebrows? Do it serve/served any advantage?

It has been wonder me, in spite of so-many variations in color-patterns in dogs; these 2 dots (1 on each eyebrow) remains frequently occurring. Dog-1 Dog-1 close up. this one has a white dot. ...
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What does “genetic correlations” mean as opposed to just correlations?

I'm reading the paper "Large-scale GWAS reveals insights into the genetic architecture of same-sex sexual behavior". In Fig. 4 shows "Genetic correlations of same-sex sexual behavior with various ...
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What is the average number of alleles per gene we have today?

Yesterday I was making some calculations, and I started to wonder the average number of alleles per gene the human species have today. The best question would be how many mutations per base or how ...
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x-linked recessive inheritance and correlation for males

I was inspired by a discussion in this thread. Wikipedia lists a number of disorders linked to recessive genes on the x-chromosome. One typical example is red-green color blindness. Now wikipedia says ...
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Animal Transgensis - biological Implications?

I'm writing a report on the biological Implications of Transgensis of a cow which carried the gene for myelin sheath protein in its milk. I was wondering if anyone would know what sort of biological ...
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What is a Singleton Variant

I'm reading a paper that on a population genetics study where they sequence a number of genomes. The study states that 101 Singleton Variants per individual where found. What does Singleton mean?
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What is the expected amount of DNA shared by first cousins and the people between them in a family tree?

What is the expected amount of DNA that is shared by all of the people between first cousins, including the first cousins, in a family tree?
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How does chromosome doubling occur?

Sterile hybrid with genome AB undergoes doubling of chromosome set to form fertile tetraploid with genome AABB. But since A and B is not homologous, synapsis cannot occur at prophase I, so there is ...
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What percentage of Americans have Native Indian ancestry? [closed]

What percentage of americans have native indian ancestry? I tried to find the answer online and it's difficult to search for.
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Why do people with type O blood have anti-A and anti-B antibodies?

People with type O blood have anti-A and anti-B antibodies, even without receiving a transfusion. Why?
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Tools I can use to find similar genes

What tools are available to estimate the function and purpose of a gene ? I think the right approach is to find similar sequences of genes that we know the function of. All the information I have on ...
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Will modern-day insects grow to massive size in a high-oxygen environment?

It's a reasonably well-known fact that insects grew to massive sizes due to the excessive concentration of oxygen in the prehistoric-Earth's atmosphere. If one were to try to recreate this high-...
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What could humans do to “see” what dogs smell?

We're able to see a lot of things using computers that we can't see normally: yellow-green, UV light, X-rays, etc. What do we have that harnesses the ability to "see" what dogs smell (e.g., harnessing ...
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Barr body Giemsa staining

Not all the female cheek cells show Barr Bodies when stained with Giemsa stain? Only 30 to 40% female cells show Barr Bodies. Why? Our Experiment: We washed mouth twice with listerine to reduce ...
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Why do I have 95% of chimpanzee's DNA, and only 2% of Neanderthal's DNA? [duplicate]

Excuse me if it is a question with a simply answer, but I don't understand these discoveries, looking a discrepancy from my unknowledge of genetics: I have 95% of Chimapanzee's DNA, and, I have [...
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Why replication collapse but not stall leads to DNA break?

I have been looking into the concept of replication dynamics and was wondering why collapsing but not stalling leads to a DNA break.
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General Enhancer Questions (Methylation Patterns, ect.)

I have a biological question(s) for ya'll involving enhancers. 1.) Enhancers work by being the binding sites for TFs. But how does this increase transcription? (Especially when enhancers can be ...
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Genetic expression in interspecific hybrids

Referring to interspecific hybrids, I have the following two questions:- Quoting from wikipedia:- The offspring of an interspecific cross are very often sterile; thus, hybrid sterility prevents ...
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Estimate for number of genes changed in speciation between a megafauna parent and child species [closed]

At least in terms of a back-of-the-envelope calculation, what is a believable range for the number of gene changes between parent and child species to represent speciation between species of megafauna?...
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Probability for a megafauna specimen to exhibit a gene not present in either parent

What is the rough probability for a megafauna specimen to exhibit a gene not present in either parent? I'm looking, ideally, at the chance for one specific individual to be the first in a breeding ...
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In what does Genetic clustering and Cline sharpness differ?

They are both ways to measure divergence in species but I'm not understanding in what exactly the differ if both use hybrid zones and gene frequencies in the study.
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number of chromatids seen in karyotype

The karyotype is performed on a cell whose cycle has been stopped in metaphase or pro metaphase, using colchicine or by other means. In the textbooks I read that during the S phase each of the 46 ...
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Blood and hair follicles from 25 people put on the Moon; enough to regenerate a human population?

Discussion on the question Why were blood and hair follicles from 25 people put on the Moon? calls into question whether this is a stunt or might have any basis in science. There's two parts to my ...
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What does “dissection-based microscopy” mean as described here, and how can it give genetic information?

The Phys.org article 'DNA microscopy' offers entirely new way to image cells references the new Open Access paper in Cell DNA Microscopy: Optics-free Spatio-genetic Imaging by a Stand-Alone Chemical ...
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Genes & Map Units

Two genes of a flower, one controlling blue (B) versus white (b) petals and the other controlling round (R) versus oval (r) stamens, are linked and are 10 map units apart. You cross a homozygous blue ...
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Webtool to design guide RNA (gRNA) for use with CRISPR-AsCpf1?

My goals are to use a free webtool to: Identify guide RNAs (direct-repeat sequence followed by the targeting sequence) appropriate for use with AsCpf1 in order to target a specific segment of genomic ...
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Why is the size of the human penis not in proportion to that of the rest of the body?

According to this research https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-2ffcc3b19663af67c96ac1be8f3d6351-c it is more likely for tall men to have large penis but there are still many tall not having large ...
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Do apes and humans share 99% of DNA or 99% of genes? What is the difference?

I made an answer on the Scifi.SE that can be read here. It is about how the characters in the story Jurassic Park might have gotten DNA for all the species shown. In my answer, I said this: Apes ...
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How many genes do we share with our mother?

Somewhere I have read we share more than 99% of our genes with every other other person and 98% of our genes with chimpanzees. What does this mean? Don't we share 50% of our genes with our mother and ...
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What is the Definition of Homologous Chromosomes? length, gene position are the same or similar? [duplicate]

what is the Definition of Homologous Chromosomes? this post says Homologous chromosomes are chromosome pairs (one from each parent) that are similar in length,...
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What are the consequences of less DARC expression as a result of a Duffy weak allele?

According to codegen.eu I'm a carrier of a Duffy weak allele. For SNP rs34599082 I have alleles C and T. T is a rare allele that found is less thatn ~1% of the population. Codegen.eu directs me to ...
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DNA and Genes, which consists of which? It seems that the hot answer on quora is different to the nih post

This quora's answer has got 8.3k views and 20 Upvoters. "Genes are a part of the DNA." per nih, "Genes are made up of DNA, which is telling the truth." in my understanding, the quora version ...
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Consider gene is countable, can anyone give a concrete example of “a gene”?

gene is a countable noun but people always say genes, so what is A gene? for instance, Each chromosome contains many genes, so, which part of the chromosome of Escherichia coli could be ...
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How accurate are Illumina microarray chips for genotyping?

What is the error rate for these machines in genotyping (like for 23&me)? What is the chance of a false positive or false negative?
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Why isn't the human zygote considered a human life how is a living anatomically modern human defined biologically? [closed]

It has 46 chromosomes by default when healthy(Differences almost always are pathological) and has almost every biological functions, processes a Newborn or and Adult person has. It even invades ...
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Examples of environmentally influenced gene-expression in humans?

In discussions of the relevant importance of genetic and environmental influences on the development of the individual, it's often stated that the genetic and environmental influences interact. An ...
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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 there a name for survival of the fittest in a single family? [closed]

Imagine a case where the children of a bird each have a 50% chance of being born blind. But the bird always has on average 4 chicks. So on average 2 will be blind and 2 sighted. (Perhaps this could ...
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Is it possible to breed neanderthals through selective breeding?

I've heard most non-subsaharan africans have neanderthal DNA with it being more prevalent in northern regions, that sometimes 1-4% of the DNA has neanderthal origins. Speaking strictly ...
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Are mutations a source of genetic variation?

Here is a question from the book SAT II Success Biology E/M (where the SAT is the exam taken by the American high school students): Which of the following statements is true about mutations? (A) ...
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What causes cellular differentiation?

Each cell in our body contains identical dna. And, yet some cells become liver cells, some become brain cells etc. How this happens , when all of them has same dna? Is it because of epigenetic control ...
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Difference Junk DNA and Pseudogenes [duplicate]

1-Are Pseudogenes and Junk DNA both Non-Coding DNA or they are different entity? How much Pseudogenes & Junk DNA do we have respectively? 2-I read that Non-Coding DNA has functions, my question ...