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Who are humans' closest relatives, after primates?

This question here addresses the controversy of whether humans are more closely related to bonobos or chimps. My question is - which group of animals are are closest relatives, beyond primates? Or ...
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Deciding between chi square and t test

I am always so confused whether to do a chi square test or a t test in the sums given by my biostats teacher. Does anyone have a simple rule to decide this?
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What is the optimal frame size for protein secondary structure prediction methods?

The whole question is What is the optimal frame size for the second and third generation protein secondary structure prediction methods? Justify your answer. I remember it has something to do with ...
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Solving Hardy Weinberg problems

I really fail to understand Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and can't find an easy enough source of information. Can you help me to understand Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium? My goal is to be able to solve ...
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When does BLAST fail to align 2 DNA sequences?

This is an assignment that had confused me for a long time. So I think you guys who study computational biology might be interested. The original question is: Find the two most similar DNA ...
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Why aren't 'exons' named 'introns'?

Why are introns called 'introns' when they are the actual ones who are getting spliced out from the pre-mRNA. Shouldn't exons be named introns as they are the ones that are 'in' and are not 'exiting'? ...
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Does Human Female Meiosis II occur after fertilization with sperm?

I am reading the answer and I am getting confused by the sentence: At the end of meiosis I females have two daughter cells and meiosis II only occurs if and when fertilization occurs by a sperm ...
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Finding DNA from Amino Acid sequence problem

My attempt: First I took the single letter AA codes and made them amino acids. So, the first one is Trp which is 5'-UGG-3'. From this I got the DNA sequence 3'-CCA-5'. However, the correct answer (...
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What factors affect the rate of transpiration in plant leaves?

I'm trying to get my head around factors which affect transpiration in leaves. For example, how would applying petroleum jelly to the surface of plant leaves affect their rate of transpiration? I ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using beta-galactosidase compared to luciferase as a reporter gene?

In the University labs, we have used Beta-galactosidase as a reporter gene to quantify the expression initiated by the stress-response promoter in yeast. This was done by exposing one of the two ...
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Why does the olive tree produce a bitter tasting fruit?

What is the survival value for the olive tree to produce a bitter tasting fruit, even when it is ripened? I realize some fruits and berries are species specific, i.e., meant for specific animals to ...
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HIV and effectiveness of inhibitor cocktail over single inhibitor

I'm looking for clarification on the answer to this question. It's in my biochemistry class but I figured this is more Biology than Chemistry, so I'm asking it here. The question is: One of the ...
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Pedigree Probability of Autosomal Recessive Trait

Here is a pedigree: The trait is autosomal recessive. The question is: What is the probability that the bottom 2 people (4 and 5) have a child with the trait? I tried doing ...
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Is the xylem like a tissue paper?

I am a 5th grader learning about the plant transport mechanics and I learnt that the xylem is made up of dead cells.So if water travels up the xylem and water travels only 1 way, is it like how water ...
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Effect of histidine on the binding affinity of HisP

I was asked the following question by my teacher: A gene regulatory protein called HisP regulates the enzymes for histidine biosynthesis in the bacterium E. Coli. HisP is a protein whoes ...
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To understand why satellite cells are genetically inactive in Barr body

DAPI is used as a stain for DNA heterochromatic and euchromatic regions. The Barr body is heterochromatic. In the slide of a normal human female cheek's somatic cells, there is apparently no other ...
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How can I make a protein interaction/protein-complex network?

Let's say I have a list of proteins ID. I would like to know whether I can find any complex based on that list. Any example, explanation is appreciated. An example input is what you see below. What ...
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How many ATP molecules are formed?

What is the number of ATP molecules formed during the photosynthetic processes which consume 8 molecules of $\text{H}_2\text{O}$ due to noncyclic electron transport and subsequent photophosphorylation?...
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Why do we squint when tasting very sour things?

Sometimes while tasting a very sour thing (like tamarind, lemon etc.) our eyes squint immediately and involuntarily for a second, but a little later becomes normal again. Why, and how, does this ...
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What is the difference between the evolution of fins in whales and fish?

For a homework assignment I received the following question: Which statement best explains the evolution of fins in whales and fish? a. The common ancestor of whales and fish possessed genes for ...
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Denaturation of protein

Exposure of native protein to heat leads to partial denaturation of the protein due to breaking of- a. S-S bonds b. H-bonds c. Hydrophobic interactions d. Peptide bonds After a ...
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What is the main general difference between Mitosis and Meiosis?

I found such a clause: The general principle is that mitosis creates somatic cells and meiosis creates germ cells. However, I cannot agree. Each gametogonium needs to go through mitosis before ...
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What forms the human amniotic sac?

I am trying to understand the formation of embryonic disc for human and chick so the following question is related to here about formation of embryonic disc. I had thought that the amniotic sac forms ...
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Digestion of milk in humans

The intial step in the digestion of milk in humans is carried out by which of the following enzymes? A) lipase. B) trypsin. C) rennin. D) pepsin. I'm confused between the C and D option. as it'...
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Non-ribosomal peptide synthesis: why Glutathione cannot be produced by the ribosome?

Case: I am writing a summary for a class in protein structure and function, and was asked to describe some different ways that peptides are synthesized (that does not involve the ribosome). I ...
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How does Topoisomerase II inhibition affect cancer cells?

Topoisomerase II poisons represent some of the most important and widely prescribed anticancer drugs currently in clinical use. These drugs encompass a diverse group of natural and synthetic ...
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Evolution of Upside Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris)

My Biology teacher asked us to write 3 texts, explaining the evolution of the Upside Down Catfish Synodontis nigriventris, each one according to Lamarckism, Darwinism and Neodawrinism theories. She ...
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Explanation of universal model of energy flow

I am trying to understand the Universal model of energy flow by Odum. In this linked diagram I is the input energy(the amount of energy present in the food consumed by this tropic level, say its, ...
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What is the total number of rounds of cleavage during mammalian embryonic development?

That for frog is 12, but what about mammalian embryos? I cannot find the exact number anywhere.
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Can enzymes catalyze thermodynamically unfavorable reactions?

Can biological enzymes catalyze thermodynamically unfavorable reactions? I read that an enzyme lowers the activation energy of a reaction by offering an alternative reaction pathway with a lower ...
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Which of the following lacks DNA?

a) An Enucleated ovum b) Mature RBC c) A mature spermatozoan d) Hair root According to me, there can be 2 answers, a and b because an ovum whose nucleus has been removed lacks DNA. And also, ...
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How do we know that everybody's DNA fingerprint is unique?

How do we know that everybody's DNA fingerprint is unique? I know, I know, everybody's DNA is unique. But when we do DNA fingerprinting, we're looking at very specific regions of high variability. ...
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Difference between biological control and introducing species for conservation?

I have a biology assignment and we have to explain various methods and strategies for conservation, two of which are: Biological control Introduced Species What is the difference between these? ...
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Frequency of dominant phenotype (Hardy-Weinberg)

The question is: The frequency of a recessive allele a is 0.6. If a population is in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, what is the frequency of the dominant phenotype? This question is a bit confusing to ...
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Diffusion of Hypotonic solution into solution with glucose and starch

Cell walls are selectively permeable to ions and organic molecules. Sometimes the selectivity is passive and a reflection of the physical laws governing diffusion. We can do simple experiments that ...
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Genetic carrier Pedigree of Recessive Traits

A human male and female couple with normal colored ears discover that, in both of their families, their fathers (who have normal ears) each had siblings with red ears. Red ears is a rare autosomal ...
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Why is the Pentose Phosphate Pathway so active in erythrocytes?

Is it because glyceraldehyde -3-phosphate (a molecule which when enter glycolysis help produce ATP through substrate level phosphorylation) can be prepared without losing an ATP through this process?
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Restriction Mapping - Homework question

I have trouble in solving this exercise. Exercise A circular plasmid of 10,000 base pairs (bp) is digested with two restriction enzymes,A and B, to produce a 3000 bp and a 2000 bp bands when ...
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Do humans have Coelom?

Kimball Biology 5e says Coelom is the main body cavity of many animals. It is lined with an epithelium derived from mesoderm. Gilbert Embryonal Biology 9e says Coelom is the space between the ...
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Problem with an analogy (Cell Membrane)

I'm studying biology for the first time seriously. I've been reading OpenStax College's material. In the section of "The Cell Membrane", I have the following problem: Choose the answer that best ...
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How is a T lymphocyte specific to an antigen but not specific to an epitope?

In my immunology notes, it states that B lymphocytes (and other APCs) capture and present antigens to T lymphocytes that is specific for an antigen, but that the T cells do not necessarily recognise ...
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Chromosome and chromatid numbers during cell cycle phases

A diploid cell in G1 has 6 chromosomes. How many chromosomes and how many chromatids are present in each of the following stages? Here is what I am guessing G1: 6 chromosomes ; 6 chromatids G2: 6 ...
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What is a triglyceride?

I'm confused on what a triglyceride is, from what my text book it says its a type of gylercide, then from a website it said Glycerides can be subdivided into two categories. The first group, the ...
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Cellular respiration — How is the water expelled?

The equation of cellular respiration is as follows: 6 O2 (g) + C6H12O6 (aq) $\rightarrow$ 6 CO2 (aq) + 6 H2O (aq) + ATP How is the water produced expelled from the body (of course, after some ...
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Hardy Weinberg principle

The principle is that sum total of all allelic frequencies is 1. Individual frequencies for example can be named p,q.In a diploid cell , p and q represent the frequency of allele A and a respectively ...
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How to calculate the percentage of heterozygous cells based on a gene map

I've encountered the following question and am quite stumped by it. A female with genotype AABBCC has been hybridized with a male that has the genotype aabbcc. The first generation (F1) has been ...
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How do I know which alleles the parents have?

I have the following assignment where I am to look at the "tree" (not sure the english word) and assign whether or not they can be autosomal dominant or recessive as well whether they can be X-linked ...
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When does Coelom form exactly?

Related to my other question. I know that the coelom is derived from mesoderm. Coelom seems to form during organogenesis within 3rd and 8th week of embryogenesis. However, that answer is not either ...
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Is probability for double crossing over included in distance cM? [task]

We got this task: There are 3 genes (acb) on one chromosome (linked inheritance). Distance a-c = 12cM, a-b=16cM. Probability for double crossing-over (CO) is 0,6%. Find ratio of genotypes of ...
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Calcium levels and nerve hyperexcitation

Why does lower blood calcium levels (or lower calcium levels in ECF) cause nervous hyperexcitaton? Why does it cause over stimulation of nerves and muscles and spasmic contractions of muscles? This is ...