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The study of genomes, the entire set of genes in an organism.

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Is there any independent non-DNA based information system in the cell

The information in protein is not neccessarily independent of the genome as the information of amino-acid sequence comes directly from the genome. The process of post-translational modification may ...
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What exactly does the phrase “chimerical sharing” mean in this abstract?

The Gizmodo article Australian Siblings Are Semi-Identical Twins, Some of the Rarest Humans Ever links to the new paper in NEJM Molecular Support for Heterogonesis Resulting in Sesquizygotic Twinning ...
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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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Why more than one chromosome in an organism?

Why not one chromosome to house genome in organisms but multiple? Is it for epigenomic purposes?
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What are low-accumulating genotypes? [closed]

What are low-accumulating genotypes? And how does it differ from high-accumulating genotypes?
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Intelligence as measured by DNA tests

Suppose a person has an IQ of 130, as measured by a standard IQ test, when he is 18 years old. He then goes on to develop severe mental illness, which reduces his IQ to 100. After this, he takes a DNA-...
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Is it possible to deduce facts about a person's parents just by studying his/her genome?

As an example, suppose Anne had abusive parents. Is it theoretically possible to deduce this from her genome even if she didn't inherit this quality (of being an abusive parent)?
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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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an umbrella term for homeolog and ohnolog?

Is there a word that refer to homologous chromosomes within a polyploid species? If I have AABB species, what is A to B? The words "homeolog" and "ohnolog" are reserved for the cases if the ...
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Why did scientists think humans had 100,000 genes (before the Human Genome Project)?

One of the major results of the Human Genome Project (HGP) was that humans have far fewer separate genes than previously thought. From a 2004 article about the HGP: Francis S. Collins, director of ...
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Is transition more common than transversion during the evolution of duplicated genes?

Transitions are base mutations of purine to purine (A <-> G) or pyrimidine to pyrimidine (C <-> T). Transversions are purine to pyrimidine or vice versa (A <-> C, A <-> T, G <-> C, G &...
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Construct picture of person's face from DNA

Would it be possible to construct a picture of a person's face from his/her DNA?
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Why is GenBank growth slowing down?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank/statistics/ shows the growth of the GenBank database is slowing since WGS (Whole Genome Shotgun) emerged. Is this happening because sequencing centers are ...
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What's a structural RNAs?

In genbank (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genomes/archive/old_refseq/Fungi/Saccharomyces_cerevisiae_uid128/) there are an archive .frn (nucleotide sequences of structural RNAs in fasta format), and I ...
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What does “This variant falls on 11 transcripts in 3 genes” mean in the output from GnomAD?

The gnomAD browser provides information on variants of genes (in this link, for the SAMD11 gene.) The report on a particular variant, like this one, includes the information in the header that says ...
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Pyura DNA extraction

I'm am struggling with genomic DNA extraction from different samples of Pyura chilensis; the DNA is degraded as can be seen on the gel. We've always used GeneJET Genomic DNA purification Kit (by ...
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Can you do DNA seq with Microarray? [closed]

Is it possible to do the entire DNA sequencing with Microarray or would you have to use Sanger or NGS methods for that?
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filtering variant list according to target regions

I have a variant list in VCF file for a particular disease, I want to filter these variants according to exonic regions in a BED file using a Perl script. How I do this?
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Test significance between Single Cell Clusters

I'm doing some data analysis on small set of cells (only 67 after filtering) which can be reasonably divided into 3 clusters from different organs. They are clearly distinguishable after both ...
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What percentage of genome do slugs and scallops have in common?

We can know genetic distance of thousands of species. The OTT tree of life gives genetic distance for nearly all species. Is there a resource to compare the genomes of any sequenced animals to know ...
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What is a genome? [closed]

By genome do we mean a consensus sequence of DNA or a set of sequences that ideally captures all possible variations?
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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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Gene copies vs. gene paralogs - what's the difference?

I'm trying to get into the theory and practice of gene copy number variation (CNV) analysis, but there is something basic confusing me, which I couldn't yet figure out. Sorry if this is a dumb/trivial ...
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tissue-specific expression of homolog genes

Two or more genes are homolog if thay have similar sequences. homolog sequences between species are called orthologs (caused by speciation events) and homolog sequences in an species are called ...
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Finding phylogenetic distance between sequences?

I'm working on a piece of software that does comparative genomic analysis; and I found out in homology methods for functional annotation, it's preferable to pick the high scoring homolog from a ...
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Why are animal mitochondrial genomes so conserved and small in comparison to those of plants?

Background Levings and Brown (1989): Higher plant mitochondrial genomes are much larger and more complex than those of other organisms. They vary in size from about 200 kb in Brassica species ...
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Definition of the different DNA regions

Reading from Oshima et al. (2016): We identified 3,868 noncoding mutations including 394 located <5 Kb downstream, 1,762 intergenic, 1,621 intronic, 81 <5 Kb upstream, 7 UTR 3′, 2 UTR 5′, and ...
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Characterising mechanisms responsible for generating structural variants

I have a high-quality set of structural variant breakpoints from tumour/normal WGS data, and I am interested in digging into the various mechanisms that might be involved in each event. There are ...
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What is the likelihood of a single human gene to the same gene from the other human?

The human genome comprises 3,234.83 Megabases and contains ~ 19,000 genes. It has been estimated that the genomes of humans are 99.9% identical. How likely is it that any single gene might vary from ...
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What is the difference between phylogroup and subclade? [closed]

Looking for clarification in terminology, examples would be greatly appreciated! Not sure how this is off-topic. It is a general question about the difference between biological concepts defined in ...
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Can PCR duplicates have complementary sequences?

It is common when analyzing paired-end whole-genome shotgun sequencing data to check for and eliminate PCR duplicates. The reasoning is that the probability of sampling a fragment of the genome of the ...
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What is meant by genomic imprinting being reversible?

I'm not trying to understand the underlying molecular processes, rather understand it conceptually. This is what it says in my coursebook: "The imprint, obtained during gametogenesis, is reversible:...
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Confirming exon shuffling in a gene

I'm trying to confirm that the sequence of a novel gene is derived by exon shuffling between several different genes. I have the promoter sequence, gene sequence, and mRNA (with defined exon/intro ...
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Can DNA methylation induce breast cancer? [closed]

What is the role of DNA methylation in breast cancer? DNA methylation is a process by which methyl groups are added to the DNA molecule. In the September 2015 paper The Role of Methylation in Breast ...
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Biological meaning of read length

I have some FASTQ files in two datasets which are sequences from 16Srna region. The first dataset is amplicons form V4 region and the second is V3-V4 region. However all the reads are 250 nucleotides ...
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Open databases for copy number variations similar to TCGA

The Cancer Genome Atlas(TCGA) has open data for copy number variation(CNV) from at least 10k different cancer patients. They offer two types of data, CNV data from tumor and CNV data from normal ...
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How can one calculate “probability of possessing a ‘perfect’ profile” from “typical optimal genotype frequencies”?

Can anyone please explain how the "Probability of possessing a ‘perfect’ profile" was calculated from "typical frequency of optimal genotype" in Table 1 in this paper? Paper link here
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Which is a good methodology to find out a domestication process?

I just started with my course in genomics and I'm working with domesticated animals (cows, chickens, pigs, etc) and I would like to know which methodology is better to trace the process of ...
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Why are sushi proteins called “sushi”? What are the origins of this name?

Does anybody know why complement control proteins (also short consensus repeats) are called "sushi" proteins? Is there any special reason for their name?
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Which are the best programs to analyze circular RNA?

Hello I'm just started with bioinformatics and I would like to know which programs are best for the task of finding circRNA (circular RNA) in sequences of tissues and different cellular types. I have ...
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Actual determination of the DNA sequence in the shotgun approach?

I'm studying bioinformatics and I'm confused by shotgun sequencing. In Sanger sequencing we break up the DNA and use ddNTPs in order to determine the exact position of each neucleotide. How exactly ...
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Are SNPs and alleles the same thing?

It seems to be quite difficult to find an answer to this. Are SNPs the same thing as alleles?
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Example of code with pypgen (python)

I have a VCF file and wish to calculate a few indices of population divergence over a sliding window. I consider using pypgen but the documentation is currently very limited. Can you please give me ...
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How to detect Single Nucleotide Variants (SNVs)?

This image is obtained from this paper. The description of this image is as follows:- DNA-sequence reads from a tumor sample are aligned to a reference genome (shown in gray). Single-nucleotide ...
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Which DNA elements belong to the definition of a gene?

I see a lot of different DNA elements mentioned as part of a gene (talking about eukaryotes): The length of DNA following the promoter is a gene and it contains the recipe for a protein. (video) ...
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Making Cupriavidus metallidurans in laboratory? [closed]

This is probably a stupid question but would it be possible to 'make' Cupriavidus metallidurans? And if so how? I'am guessing it wouldn't be possible without the use of expensive equipment for genome ...
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What is the metagenome like for other classes of animals?

Lately there's been a lot of discussion around the many non-human cells essential to a healthy human body — called the microbiome, or metagenome. Much of this is in the gut microbiome. See this ...
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Possible complications due to gene-therapy?

Edward Lanphier, CEO of Sangamo BioSciences mentions here(https://youtu.be/dJ1B8XnyEnM?t=1215) that scientists can now specifically target cells, change the genome within a cell. Say you want to cure ...
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Excluding the Exon, What Does the Rest of the Genome Do?

The exon is the portion of the genome that encodes protein synthesis, if I understand correctly. But, this exon is apparently less than 5% of the genome. So, what does the rest of the genome do?
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Can different bacteria strains of same species have different genomic sizes?

Can two different strains of a single species have different genomic sizes? I am not asking about plasmid. Can they have different sizes of actual chromosome?