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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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What is the chemical makeup of dna polymerase

what is the chemical makeup of dna polyemerase in terms of chemical compounds and elements? Are the elements the same ones found in humans?
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are silicon socks safe? [on hold]

I wear silicon socks all the time but I hear from many doctors that there areare certain chemicals in them that may not be safe for humans. I have a young child so I don't really want to harm them.
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How to design a permanent vaccine to cholera using CRISPR?

I know that Vibrio Cholerae infects the body through the GM1 ganglioside. So, would it be possible to engineer a CRISPR gene editing tool to prevent Vibrio Cholerae from getting into our cells? ...
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Changes in dna from dioxin poisoning

A person sprayed with a dioxin, how long would it take for a dna change? Instant or over time? Would that person having children afterwards pass on any(if any) dna changes?
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Causes of iron loss without bleeding

What would cause a human to lose iron from your hemoglobin without the loss of blood? How is it possible?
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How does coffee cause calcium loss in our body?

Recently on radio a doctor advices to reduce the consumption of coffee as it leads to calcium loss(as my mother described). My initial response was: How could such thing be possible? What kind of ...
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Biological & Evolutionary Reasons for Palm (Bi)Symmetry

The fingers of the human palm exhibit a (bi)symmetrical pattern with regards to their size, in the sense that the thumb and the pinky are almost the same size, and the same holds for the index and ...
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Why are HeLa tumors purple?

I remember hearing that the tumor where HeLa cells originated from was purple and jelly like, and I've seen pictures from studies with rats and HeLa tumors, and their tumors appear to also be purple. ...
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Membrane proteins

Please could someone help me figure out which of the below 2 statements is correct: 1) Glycophorin A has both N and O linked glycans. 2) The ABO antigens are made up of glycoproteins. This was ...
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Does food grade diatomaceous earth contain mercury

Not sure if this is the right site to ask this question, but since diatomes are or once were biological creatures it seemed to fit this one more than any of the others. I have been supplementing my ...
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Why, when someone eats food, and he/she directly checks his body weight, why it seems to be no changes in body weight?

Why, when someone eats food, and he/she directly checks his body weight on balance, why it seems to be no changes in body weight and there wasn't any execration, I want to know where did food weight ...
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Would DMSO Be An Effective Solvent For Creating A Transdermal Absorption of NMN + Pterostilbene + TMG In Humans?

I've read conflicting information on this. If not DMSO, is there a better solvent to use?
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What are cells not affected by hormones called?

Cells that are affected by hormones are called target cells which have their own receptors that listen to signals. I'm unsure of the actual name of cells that are not affected by hormones, I tried ...
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Do people have local immunity?

I mean the immunity that covers only one body part or skin area after exposure to the infection but does not cover the whole organism.
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Can two proteins activate/inhibit the same gene at the same time?

Suppose there are two proteins inhibiting a particular gene. Its not necessary that both will inhibit the gene at the same time instance right? So if one protein has already inhibited that gene before ...
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Does Japan have an ageing population? [closed]

I often hear Japan has a declining/ageing population. It seems to be the prime example for this kind of thought. Yet after moving to Japan and after having been there for travel several times already. ...
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Why do red muscle fibres have more mitochondria than white muscle fibre but less ATP than White muscle fibres?

This is a question given in my Anatomy book and I am really confused because logically the substance which have more mitochondria should have more ATP as mitochondria is the power house of cell.But ...
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Can a young voice have physical causes?

I have noticed that some older adults (40+ range) can have voices that sound much younger than their actual age (i.e. an adult sounds like an adolescent). My question is: could any physical aspects ...
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Brain evolution in the age of the caesarian

I have just been reading an account of the evolution of human intelligence in Matthew Syed’s recent book on diversity, called “Rebel Minds”. He is not the originator of this idea, but he suggests ...
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In human embryology, what starts ovum cell division?

Maybe I am not using the correct search keywords in Google, but I cannot seem to find anything beyond basic information taught in schools about fertilisation of the egg by the sperm. After the sperm ...
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Does any tendon in humans receive a high amount of blood supply? Or is the property of not receiving a large blood supply a constant across tendons?

I read on https://www.physiocomestoyou.co.uk/blog/all-you-need-to-know-about-tendons/ (mirror): [Tendons] do not have a large blood supply. Does any tendon in the human body receive a high amount ...
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Why do HGH levels fall with age?

I can't see any reason why. Is "it's genetic" your answer? Is there any real reason HGH levels fall with age?
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How are antiandrogens broken down in the body?

Does anyone know how the body breaks down anti-androgens? I'm trying to figure out how this works. I tried to look some of it up on google but couldn't find any understandable resources.
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Is sexual desire stronger in men than women?

Usually in popular culture it's considered men sexual desire is stronger than women. This seems to be congruent with the availability of sexual related items for men and women, such as magazines, ...
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What are the coverings of femoral hernia?

It was my Viva question and I was really puzzled.I know what is femoral hernia and it route like the abdominal content moves down the femoral canal and further through the saphenous opening and all ...
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Why do we need to amplify DNA sequences?

I am learning about biotechnology. I have no education in biology or chemistry and am simply interested in the subject of biotechnology. I am wondering why we need to have multiple copies of a piece ...
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Sleep deprivation relation to growth rate and mental health in adolescence

Do sleep deprivation and its timing affect growth rate and mental health in adolescents? If so how much sleep is enough for teenagers?
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Why males are more prone to cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks than females?

I often see more people of males undergoing treatment for heart disease. It is often said that female reproductive hormone (oestrogen) has some cardio-protective action by preventing constriction of ...
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What happens if an enzyme stops working in the body?

For example, if the enzymes in the digestive system stop working will the digestion still occur as enzymes are only catalysts for the reactions. Thank You
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By what mechanism do our nerves lengthen as people get taller?

How do nerves get longer as kids grow taller? I searched for an answer but I can only find information on the formation of nerves in embryos.
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Do cells of the same type fuse together with suturing?

I am reading this site: http://sciencenetlinks.com/student-teacher-sheets/cells-your-body/ "Cells that do the same job combine together to form body tissue, such as muscle, skin, or bone tissue." ...
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When do the chordae tendenae stop developing?

I am guessing they stop during either fetal or adolescent development. Then gradually break down and age. No growth after adolescence.
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How much DNA can differ among different humans today?

According to this article, Australian aborigines carry unknown DNA Australian Aboriginal people carry the DNA of an unknown human relative. This made me wonder, is it known how much DNA can differ ...
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Are there any proteins not found in the brain that are affected by prions?

A prion is an abnormally folded protein that is capable of causing otherwise normal proteins to also misfold and become prions. They are responsible for causing diseases such as Kuru and Creutzfeldt–...
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Human femur maximum strength

In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os98s9kBlOI it is demonstrated that a moose leg bone can support until nearly 10 tonne before break. Is there any similar demonstration on human femurs? ...
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Nutrition and experimental biology

We know that food in the stomach is present in the form of chyme treated with pepsin and hydrochloric acid, if we take food crush it with saliva and then treat it with Pepsin and HCl (in the lab),and ...
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Is atrial natriuretic peptide relased when we drink water?

I know that osmolarity is controlled by the hypothalamus and recover by ADH which reabsorb water. It also can be released when ECV is very low. ECV/salt is controlled by aldosterone/atrial ...
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Why isn't life expectancy normally distributed?

Lots of phenomenon in nature can be plotted onto some sort of normal distribution, and that makes intuitive sense to me (such as human height). Why then, does global human life expectancy drop off so ...
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Are there any benefits/disadvantages/traits from having a permanent lower core temperature?

My body temperature as far as I remember has always been around 35.6 degrees Celsius, that's a degree less than what is the usually quoted as the average temperature for humans. Are there any known ...
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Does intelligence depend more on environment than on genetic factors? [duplicate]

Many have argued that the test of IQ is simply a test of language. The application of the test consists of asking a number of questions. The person should understand the question presented to them and ...
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How much Oxygen can the Human body carry?

Basically - the title: How much Oxygen does a human body carry at a single point? What have I tried: A friend of mine has done some calculations and came up with the following numbers. Neither of us ...
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Is it possible to buy a DNA sample with a specific mutation?

I would like to test a genotyping method (ARMS) on a specific human snp (heterozygous or homozygous ). Unfortunally, we do not have any dna samples with the mutation. Is it possible to buy somewhere a ...
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Can stress and arousal be independent?

I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to have a stress response without being initially, or simultaneously aroused. I'm defining stress to be physiological stress (ie. release of cortisol) and ...
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What are the genetic basis for further classification of human beings? [closed]

According to anthropology, human race further gets divided in Caucasians, Mongoloids, Aboriginals, Eskimos, Red Indidians and Negro's. How far, is this classification, though maybe anthropologically ...
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How to overcome the tiredness feeling which come after studying 60-90 minutes [closed]

I am preparing for a examination called JEE which have physics, chemistry and maths questions in it. I study in slots of 10 minutes, for the first 9 minutes I study and and than completely rest for 1 ...
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Could ions inside lungs produce hydroxyl?

I am not proficient in either biology or chemistry. However, I have a question which I can't find answer to. It seems to belong somewhere between chemistry and biology. I apologize for any errors and ...
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Can we “learn” reflexes?

Can we force our bodies to react to situations faster than our brain can think about them? Some reflexes I can think of off the top of my head: knee jerk reflex retracting hand when touching a hot ...
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Does the 1:1 sex ratio at birth apply to every human pregnancy or is it a statistical average?

Are there genetic factors that biase the sex ratio of offsprings for each person but average to 1:1 for the entire human population, or does the 1:1 ratio apply to every single fertile person?
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What do we mean by MHC molecule diversity? Does each human have a variety of MHC molecule isoforms?

I'm going to try and explain what I think I know From what I understand, MHC/HLA molecules present peptides to T cells. To be able to present peptides from a wide variety of pathogens, they need to ...
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Can UV radiation be safe for the skin?

It is well known that UV radiation can damage the DNA and generally harm our skin. We also know that UV radiation helps on the production of melanin and Vitamin D. From what I could find, the DNA ...