Questions tagged [human-biology]

This tag is for questions about the general biological features of human beings (as opposed to the biology of non-humans).

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Do women also love men's chest/nipples at same extent as men's love for women's breasts? [closed]

Important Note: Kindly consider that I'm mostly concerned about heterosexual men/women of western culture, especially USA, Canada, UK. And India too. And let's focus mainly on this century. And it's ...
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Why do many/most human males find unsympathetic, “cruel” females attractive when they “should” find them appalling? [closed]

I've noticed that not only I, but a lot of other males, are very turned on by females who have a very unsympathetic facial expression, act very bratty/superior/spoiled, and generally have an ...
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Are there epigenetic effects in the regulation of human height?

Development of human average height Human average height has fluctuated significantly throughout history. For instance, in the last 100 years or so, it has increased sharply by about 10cm. OWID (Our ...
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i can talk while breathing inward and i can say almost anything also its extremely deep sounding why can i do this and is it normal [closed]

I could not find any information on this I tried wiki and a bunch of other sites I can talk while breathing inward and I can say almost anything also its extremely deep sounding why can I do this and ...
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The Relationship between Copper and Alzheimer's Disease

I've been reading up about the research concerning the etiological factors behind Alzheimer's and I came across two papers - "Studies on Copper induced stability changes in DNA fragment (GCA ATC ...
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How many cells need to be damaged before a human can feel it as pain?

I'm guessing the answer to this question is rather large. Skin cells die all the time, it seems, and that never registers as painful. But suppose you rupture or otherwise destroy a group of cells, say ...
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Can we decode memories?

Premise: I don't have a strong background in neuroscience or human biology, so I would ask you to answer like you would at a 5 years old child. I have done a couple of research on the web, as well as ...
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How does the shoulder joint stay in place?

I read that a human shoulder is a ball and socket joint, but when looking at a picture of a shoulder the socket part seemed way too small to hold the ball in place like a ball and socket joint. ...
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Which landmark paper first described the differentiation of T-cells?

T-cells are distinguished from B cells in part by their locus of differentiation/maturation (thymus). This is textbook knowledge, but I was wondering which particular person or people were responsible ...
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Why is gyrification advantageous?

Standard 'Explanation': I've seen countless neuroscience articles and experts explain that 'cortical gyrification is advantageous because it increases surface area which obviously increases your ...
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Why does high blood pressure not damage the body during exercise?

Exercise is commonly understood to lower blood pressure by making the heart stronger. Mayo Clinic says, Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with ...
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Why does the thickness of the Loop of Henle have to be less than the convoluted proximal tube and the distal convoluted tube?

We are currently being taught "Homeostasis through excretory system" in college. After seeing the structure of a nephron, it is not quite evident as to why should the Loop of Henle be the ...
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Does the human ear change its shape?

Does the human ear, mainly the ear canal and the outer ear change their shape significantly with time? If a person is 25, is their ear shape going to be significantly different when they turn 35, for ...
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If you only ate fruits, vegetables or smoothies would you be able to skip drinking water?

If you only ate fruits, vegetables or smoothies would you be able to skip drinking water? I do not see some animals (like squirrels) drinking water daily (doesn't mean they don't have a water source) ...
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What type of epithelium are the pancreatic Islets of Langerhans?

The human pancreas contains exocrine acinus cells (simple cuboidal epithelium) and Islets of Langerhans. Despite looking online I cannot identify what type of epithelium the Islets of Langerhans ...
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Why do we use mice in labs? [closed]

Why do we use mice in labs for experiments targeting humans ? Are they near humans biologically speaking ?
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Is it likely that humans will evolve to be less affected by dangerous food additives or tobacco smoking chemicals?

I recently had a discussion with a few colleagues about food additives and there were two major "arguments" about how some of these affect the human body in the long term: some food ...
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Is chromatic aberration related to the spectral sensitivity of the human eye and can it cause “relative myopia” and “relative farsightedness”?

in the text below, the authors equate chromatic aberration and the spectral sensitivity of the human eye. Aren't these two very different phenomena though? They also propose a so-called "relative ...
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A study has found that cell phones cause infertility, is this something to worry about or is the study flawed?

Is this a worrying study, or is it flawed? A study has found that cell phones are detrimental to male sperm quality (Lower sperm motility and sperm concentration). It’s original goal was to determine ...
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Osmotic pressure and turgor pressure details

I am a high school student and I am very confused in how we define osmotic pressure? Osmotic pressure is defined as the pressure required to stop the diffusion of solvent into a solution by applying ...
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What are the advantages of long read sequencing for cancer oncogenomic research?

Currently I am using whole genome nanopore sequencing, Illumina short read and 10x linked read to study oncogenesis mechanisms of certain types of rare cancer. I am wondering about the advantages of ...
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Why mammals don't have renal portal system

I am a high school student and I am a little confused why mammals don't have renal portal system?, some books says that because we have four chambered heart, so our blood is filtered more effectively ...
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Why certain COGs appears more often in Humans Bacteria but not in plants Bacteria

I'm doing a Bioinformatic project from the university where I got a DB of COGS from Human & Plants Bacteria genomes and I need to find distinguishing sets in this DB and explain the biological ...
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How would our vision be improved if our photoreceptors were not backwards?

I'm curious to how much better human eyesight would be if the nerves from our rods and cones were correctly placed behind the receptors? Are there any Animal Models with correctly placed ...
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What does the term 'glycogen mobilisation' mean?

I read that glycogen is a mobilised store of glucose: Glycogen is a readily mobilized storage form of glucose. It is a very large, branched polymer of glucose residues (Figure 21.1) that can be ...
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Do all tendons have either a synovial sheath (a.k.a. true sheath) or a paratenon (a.k.a. false sheath)?

I have read the following {1}: According to their envelope, tendons can be divided into tendons within a synovial sheath (i.e., sheathed tendons) and paratenon-covered tendons. This means that all ...
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Distribution of hearing loss

Low-frequency sounds are more penetrating, damaging. Hearing damage caused by blasts typically occurs at frequencies around 2 - 8 kHz, while age-related hearing loss starts at the high frequencies. ...
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Quantitative Physiology Textbooks Recommendations?

I am currently completing a 2nd year (UK) Mamamilian Physiology Module and a Neuroscience Module. However, my degree is also 40% Maths and Statistics. So in order to learn the content better, I am ...
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Why don't sodium Voltage Gated Channels open during Repolarization?

During Depolarization the Sodium VGC open when they receive the Threshold Stimulus. But when Repolarization occurs there comes a point when the cell interior has exactly the the same potential that it ...
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Is Pars intermedia functional in humans?

My textbook says, "Pars intermedia secretes only one hormone called melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH)." My teacher says that in humans MSH is secreted by the anterior lobe because the ...
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combustion vs biological oxidation of glucose [duplicate]

I am a high school student and I am a little confused in cellular respiration, To represent respiration many biology text books just writes, C6H12O6 + 6 O2 --> 6 CO2 + 6 H2O But in actual ...
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Why does touch the face make more likely to be infected?

Why is it risky to touch the face although there is no direct contact with into the nose, eyes and mouth? Is there any possibility that pathogens infect us from our facial skin? Suppose we have ...
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neural genes expressed in nasopharyngeal specimens

Is it possible in a nasopharyngeal specimen genes of neural system to be expressed? For example, genes about neural differentiation?
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What is the significance of running an uncut plasmid on electrophoresis gel?

What is the significance of running an uncut plasmid on electrophoresis gel? In this case we are talking about inserting a gene into plasmid, which then goes under PCR and then electrophoresis.
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What is the relationship of stimulants to hair loss?

I've noticed several topical hair loss products (ex: minoxidilmax) add caffeine to their recipes with the claim that "caffeine stimulates blood flow to the scalp" thereby improving hair ...
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What stops myosin during muscle relaxation?

I understand that when the muscle is relaxed tropomyosin blocks myosin binding sites on actin filaments thereby preventing muscle contraction. What I am concerned with however, is whether myosin ...
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What property of water explains how sweating helps the runner continue running?

My question I have to answer is: A runner picks up pace on a warm day and starts sweating profusely. What property of water explains how sweating helps the runner continue running? The following are ...
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Has the human capacity to heal from burns evolved due to actual burns throughout human history?

I just burned myself while cooking, and it occurs to me that although this has happened countless times, my skin always heals itself rather well after burns. In this post I make various assumptions/...
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Is the binding of androgen to androgen receptor in prostate cancer cells a requirement for the production of prostate-specific antigen?

The binding of androgen to the androgen receptor results in the transcription of androgen-regulated genes, which signals the proliferation of prostate cancer cells. This process also produces prostate-...
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Why do diseases in the tap water of developing countries affect people from developed countries more?

My siblings and I went abroad to a country that doesn't have drinkable tap water, but we did not know this at the time as the people who lived there used to drink it all the time with no issues. One ...
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How do myosins cause myofibrils to be shortened?

I know that it is the binding and tilting of myosins on actins that cause the sarcomere to be shortened. But I am a little bit confused about the details. The structure of a sarcomere is made of ...
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Why is the food we consume right from birth not immunogenic to elicit an immune response? [closed]

Excluding the hypersensitive reactions which are individual specific, how is food we consume considered safe by the immune system?
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What is the function of human Trypsin Inhibitor if trypsin is secreted in the inactive form of Trypsinogen? [closed]

I was reading about pancreatic digestive enzymes in a Textbook of Medical Physiology and I came across Trypsin Inhibitor. The text stated that: It is important that the proteolytic enzymes of the ...
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Can we apply NGS (next generation sequencing) on DNA extracted from formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues (FFPE)?

I'm working on the microbiome and I can only use tissues which are fixed with formalin and embedded in paraffin. Is it possible to apply NGS (next generation sequencing) on FFPE (formalin fixed ...
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If due to some reasons a small portion of our neurons die, how does our body remake them?

There are various reasons such as intake of neurotoxins, and possibly traumatic injuries, that can cause neurons to die. After several hundreds, or thousands of our neurons die, how does our body ...
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Can a human survive without ACE2?

I guess not, but it was discovered in 2000 so I don't know if we know enough about it. Are there people without ACE2 (angiotensin converting enzyme 2)? It seems mice can survive, but that's not a ...
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Does The Sympathetic Nervous System Increase or Decrease Urination?

According to my book: Sympathetic nervous system stimulation, leads to the release of Norepinephrine(Noradrenaline), priming the body for the "Fight or Flight" response. It is also stated ...
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Why does exhaled air still contain oxygen?

I am a high school student and I am a little confused in the concept of breathing: My confusion is that, when we talk of exchange of gases we say that gases always diffuse from their high "...
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What is the difference between a myofibril and a myoblast? (In skeletal muscle)

I read that a muscle fibre (myofiber) is formed when myoblasts fuse. https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Skeletal_muscle#:~:text=The%20multinucleate%20feature%20is%20established%20in%...
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What is the difference between a dermatome and a sensory neurone?

I read that a dermatome is an area of skin supplied by a single spinal nerve but that this is sensory information? Why do spinal nerves supply the skin? I thought it was the other way round- sensory ...

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