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Questions tagged [molecular-genetics]

The scientific study of the structure and function of genes at the molecular level, particularly chromosomes and DNA.

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Comparative cost of RNA-seq vs sequencing full length cDNAs

I am in the process of assembling and annotating the genome of a non-model organism, using almost exclusively short read (paired-end Illumina) data. Throughput is one obvious benefit of these data (...
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At what rate do chromosomal rearrangements occur?

How often do chromosomal rearrangements occur? I am interested about these kind of chromosomal rearrangements that are passed on to the descendants, i.e. germ line chromosomal rearrangements. The ...
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What is the most complex biological organism (or precursors) that we have been able to synthesize from raw materials?

In the Miller–Urey experiment they produced several amino acids. I'm not sure if there were other similar experiments that got further. http://www.jcvi.org/cms/press/press-releases/full-text/article/...
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Why are Barr Bodies usually seen along the edge of the nucleus under the light microscope?

We do a typical class exercise of aceto-orsein staining of buccal epithelial cells from female students to visualize Barr bodies under the light microscope. All the illustrations and pictures in the ...
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Regulation of LBD33 genes Arabidopsis. If LBD 33 gene is up-regulated by auxin then why does expression decrease when increasing auxin concentration?

I have a question regarding the regulation of lateral boundary domain genes in Arabidopsis (specifically LBD33). I am an undergraduate student trying to understand the results of a lab where I measure ...
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Why do I see so many kinetochores?

I am analysing RPE-1 cells from humans and I do not understand why I see so many kinetochores by immunofluorescence (more than 100 in many cells). They are in prometaphase.
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How would circular dominance of alleles be determined on the genetic level?

The distinction between dominant and recessive alleles seems to be due to loss or gain of function in the proteins they code for. Alleles have been observed exhibiting incomplete and hierarchical ...
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Does Pre replication complex sit on both strands?

In case of prokaryotes, the ori site have a definite nucleotide sequence. Each ori site have 5 9base-pair consensus sequences and 4 non-consensus sequences. DNAa binds to both types of sequences with ...
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psbA-trnH intergeneteic spacer inversion

What kind of software tool would you recommend as best suited to detect psbA-trnH inverisons? I have 1x coverage Sanger .fasta files and >2000 sequences, with 1 sequence per species. Most tools I have ...
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Question about genetic recombination

I am having some difficulty understanding a few things about genetic recombination, in part because of confusion from different diagrams in books. First of all, I wanted to verify whether I have ...
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Should gene therapy safety protocol include isolation?

In the case of a gene therapy trial where viral vectors are used to deliver genes into mammalian cells, including humans, should biosafety and ethical protocols include isolation of the patient as a ...
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Gibson assembly - primer design with A and T rich regions

I have question about Gibson assembly. I have done it several times and it always worked okay for us, but now I want to assemble together a fragment which has sequence like this: 5'...
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Inbreeding Coefficient and Coefficient of Relationship

Wikipedia gives the following formula to calculate a "path of coefficient of relationship" between an ancestor $A$ and an offspring $O$: $$\rho_{AO} = 2^{-n} \left( \frac{1+f_A}{1+f_O} \right)^{1/2} =...
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What metabolic processes do dormant and ungerminated seeds carry out?

What metabolic processes does a dormant embryo in a seed carry out? Seeds will not germinate, either because of a lack of favourable conditions, seed hibernation, or because of a genetically pre-...
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what is the difference between homozygous and heterozygous duplication?

In a genetic test result it's written homozygous duplication or heterozygous duplication Does it mean four copies of the ...
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Which enzyme is Nick Lane referring to?

In Life Ascending the author, Nick Lane, refers to an enzyme in his introduction: '' It concerns an enzyme (a protein that catalyses a chemical reaction) that is so central to life that it is found ...
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Is there any example of genetic mechanism of delayed onset toxic effects?

We know that exposure to many toxic chemicals during embryonic development may show toxic effects later in life. It is called Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHAD). Most of the ...
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True examples of common variation due to Mendelian Inheritance

Classic examples of mendelian inheritance are genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anemia, Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis, and xeroderma pigmentosa. For some of these diseases, it is believed that they ...
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how can I get stronger staining for my lymph node sections

I am using the same protocol and same antibodies that the literature says but still I cannot get good staining for my lymph node sections, I tried to change the fixation method and I am using now ...
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Is there any technique can quickly expand one set of cell chromosomes?

Assume a cell type is very scarce while isolated out and hard to expand in vitro, and I wanna have more of its chromosomes, is there any technique , in vivo or in vitro or ex vitro, any would count, ...
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Validity of comparing gene expression levels between alive and <24h postmortem cohort

There is a recent paper about assessment of a suicidal risk in psychotic patients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4759104/ One of the important points is that the authors compare gene ...
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How is randomness of the branch migration process ensured?

Branch migration (part of genetic recombination) is a random process. It looks like Ruv-ABC proteins are mainly responsible for this process, but how is randomness ensured? After all, it can only be a ...
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What´s the role or function of the homologous arms in a donor template in a knockout/knock edition via Crispr-cas9?

I have to make an exposition in my university about Crispr-cas9 edition and I have some questions about the method. In the knock out/knock in technique is used a plasmid containing the DNA that ...
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Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) primers

I am trying to blast AFLP primer sequences to the genome to find the locations of the AFLP markers. However, I can't seem to find full alignments for the primers on the genome. For example, in the ...
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PCR that worked previously is now only showing primer dimers and a smear on gel

PCR amplification of a promoter sequence for gel extraction worked beautifully using Phusion HF enzyme with GC (higher error but less picky) buffer. However, DNA concentration from the gel extraction ...
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How does intron retention make the alternative transcript non-coding?

I faced with a non-coding transcript that specified as one the isoform of BIN1. It sounds that this isoform generated as a result of alternative splicing with a intron retained; am I right? However, ...
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Do The Traces Genetic Diseases Remain in families?

I know that there are certain diseases that are predominant on genes. But, is there any sort of surety that if parents are suffering from a disorder then their offspring has to suffer from the same. ...
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CRISPR Knock in

Using the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, it is possible that after inducing a DSB with the Cas9 endonuclease guided with an RNA designed by the user and using a template DNA, get a desired Knock-In (KI) by ...
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Question about mutation of multiple nuclei?

If an organism with multiple nuclei, such as the slime mold Physarum polycephalum, was to be exposed to a mutagen, such as 5-bromouracil, what would be the effect (besides death)? Especially if ...
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Is it reasonable to assume that RNA polymerase would bind preferentially to the promoter of the long allele of the SERT gene?

I'm trying to come up with an idea for a school project (a hypothetical research study). I'm looking at depression and the serotonin transporter gene, which is highly expressed in the human ...
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What tests can be performed to test the purity and quality of the raw peptide HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

What tests could be run to test the purity and type of HCG? We are looking to purchase HCG from China but the purity and quality varies between labs, we are able to receive samples of the raw peptide ...
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Can Pfx polymerase add only one 3' A overhang?

I am trying to clone a PCR product that was amplified using Pfx polymerase into pGemT vector. I had to A-tail the PCR product using Taq polymerase since Pfx only generates blunt end products. My ...
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What exacly happens at chromossome level during fecudation and in the first zygotic division?

I was reading about the viability of animal hybrids and found the following sentence here: Previously, this idea was not widely accepted, because, in general, different species have different ...
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Is bi-allelic gene expression random?

Supposing we have the genotypes “Aa”, “AA”, and “aa”... which are not mono-allelic (not imprinted and not X-inactivated). Does the dominance of the “A” allele over “a” allele affect which gene is ...
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How does DNA code for the actual *shape* of individual body parts/areas (NOT segments or Hox genes)?

Just to save the trouble - I am not asking for general information on how DNA codes for proteins and definitely not how Hox genes work. I have a very good understanding of the evolutionary process and ...
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Isolation of Intact Granules from Mast Cells

How to isolate intact granules from mast cells without using sucrose and percoll?
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Control for Bisulfite sequencing

I am wondering how can I control my converted DNA! I converted my DNA with bisulfite then I amplified the converted DNA with specific primers of BSP and purified my product and finally sequenced the ...
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What is the chemical mechanism by which PcP(c) is converted to PcP(Sc) in Fatal Familial Insomnia

I know the gene PRNP and it's location. There’s a mutation at codon 178 (asparagine found instead of normal aspartic acid) on the prion protein gene (also found in fCJD) and more uniquely there is a ...
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What determines the differences between differentiated cells?

Given two multi-cellular species with obviously different phenotypes. The reason for the different phenotypes reflects their different DNA. However two types of cells in an adult organism may have ...
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What is the difference between average sperm epimutations and intersection sperm epimutations, in the context of the attached article?

The paper of interest is Manikkam et al. (2014). In research for a school Year 10 Science project, I came upon this article and the following two graphics. I don’t quite understand the difference ...
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why is DNA better for storing genetic info while RNA better for transmission of it?

I do know that RNA cannot be used for transmission since it is unstable, but how does it prove to be a better transmitter of genetic information?
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Effect of UV radiation on retinoid (vitamin A) receptors in the skin

The retinoid receptors in the skin (face) can be disabled by UVA sun radiation as these study states : https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/03/990331063314.htm In this article it says the same :...
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Is human genome editing more complicated than mice genome editing?

A lot of genome editing trials are being done on mice and rats, but I often read that the step from mice- to human genome editing is complicated. What are precisely? I guess it has something to do ...
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College Genetics: Xist vs. transposon

I'm taking introduction to genetics and I'm trying to understand the following question: Lets say there is a male cat with blue ears, a single gene mutation called BLU. We try to obtain pure bred ...
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Human Papillomavirus E7 (HR HPV16)

So there's a protein that binds to E7 viral protein, I want to remove a sub domain of the protein to see which exact domain the E7 binds to. What is the procedure for this? Edit: I believe the virus ...
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Understanding PAM and BLOSUM matrices

This question might be silly but I need some clarification. I'm slightly confused about if there are multiple PAM and BLOSUM matrices? Is there a different matrix for each sequence? My ...
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Why is the total length of Introns greater than the total length of exons?

I have just been reading that typically the total length of the Exons of a split gene is very much smaller than to total number of its Introns. Could anyone please explain why this is the case if its ...
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Why is RAS undruggable?

Why can't mutated RAS get inactivated by GTPase? Why don't we have any inhibitors for RAS-GTP binding? Why is RAS undruggable? How can mutated RAS be inactivated? I had been researching on the topic ...
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How common is it for environmentally occurring bacillus strain to contain some sort of plasmid?

I am designing a method for testing whether two new bacillus isolates, that are ionic silver resistant, store the silver resistance mechanism on a plasmid or on the chromosome of the bacteria. In my ...
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How does epigenetics affect the birth conditions via alcohol?

Recent study has shown that epigenetics can play role in male-caused infertility and it cites for example studies which showed an enhancing of silent genes when drinking alcohol. Since the study ...