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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 possible to conduct scientific research without actually getting close to the sample/specimen? [closed]

For example, I have never get closed to a whale. The only source I have is research from who has get close to it. If I read their research and find a new thing, would my "discovery" be ...
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Is it possible to exclude article types in a PubMed search?

I have a question about searching PubMed. I want to search for original research papers while omitting reviews. Is this possible in PubMed? Example If I am interested in the relation between Acute ...
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How do scientists kill the bacteria they themselves made resistant?

I was reading this article on researching bacteria resistance to silver by removing some of their genes. Researchers then used "colony-scoring" software to measure the differences in growth and ...
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Understanding Research Paper Differences

I'm doing a high-level research which led me to the following paper - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/...
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How was 2019-nCoV (Wuhan coronavirus) identified so quickly?

It seems that from the first few cases to identifying 2019-nCoV as a new disease happened very quickly. How were they able to identify this as a new disease and not an outbreak of a previously known ...
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Eagles carrying off a goat to its nest: How heavy is the young goat? How strong is the eagle? Here is my guess:

I posted a related question, here, trying to identify the exact subspecies of animals. In the documentary El Hombre y la Tierra, a golden eagle carries off some sort of juvenile(?) goat. The Japanese ...
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Proof of mechanisms and causal relationships in biology [closed]

Statistical methods in biology are strongly encouraged: they are quantifiable, unbiased, and usually the only ones that are accepted as evidence. However, it doesn't seem like the whole picture. Say,...
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How to perform cell biology research without lab affiliation [closed]

Related to this question, I am wondering just generally how one can do cell biology research without being part of an already well-established University laboratory. I am not doing this myself but am ...
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How to find idea for essay [closed]

I'm studying microbiology in Iran The university that I'm studying in doesn't provide that much help in research areas and we don't get to research or write essays that much ,while I'm trying to write ...
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How a Name is Selected for Binomial Nomenclature

I understand the gist of how to construct a name using the Binomial Nomenclature, but I don't understand how to select a unique name. My contrived example comes from looking at this: acaulis: ...
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Does the repellence of an insecticide affect its efficacy (measured in insect mortality)?

I am currently working on assessing the efficacy of a suspected insecticide on a particular species of insect. I happen to be looking into any repellence caused by the substance. I test for both ...
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What gives researchers a reason to test the Radiation Resistance of organisms?

I was reading about the Thermococcus Gammatolerans and its absurdly high radiation resistance, when something occurred to me. What reason did anyone have in the first place to subject this thing to ...
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Can one conduct “novel” research without an advanced laboratory? Has it been done by school pupils? [closed]

I want to conduct an experiment but as a secondary school pupil I will be using my school’s laboratory and to make novel or interesting discoveries, wouldn’t one need advanced equipment, a prospect ...
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Are there official criteria for an experiment to be considered statistically robust for publication in a decent scientific journal?

For a high school project, I investigated the effect of breathing meditation on teenagers. 15 students were asked to follow specific directions and meditate for 10 minutes a day for 8 weeks. Each week,...
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What is the effect of pesticides on worm growth?

As a new semester begins, we were asked to propose ideas for investigatory projects. Our idea revolves around the effects of pesticides on non-target organisms. Since frequent use of pesticides may ...
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Why aren't drugs tested on sick patients proactively?

I read an article about a new drug which may stop neurodegenerative activity in the brain and this triggered a question I had for some time already. Why such novel drugs are not tested on seriously/...
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Freestyle Libre's Glucose's Specificity and Accuracy?

I am studying the Continuous Glucose Monitoring devices i.e. glucose sensors with continuous monitoring. Here one good presentation about the topic. They are considering interstitial fluid in their ...
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Doing a medical study on yourself?

What research guidelines is a person legally mandated to follow if they want to do medical experimentation on themselves? There is a large amount of variation in the types of medical experiments so I ...
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How good is the reproducibility of preclinical models?

Unofficially, biology researchers always complain how frequently fail to replicate results others have achieved. But of course, such failed experiments are underreported. Is there data, or at least ...
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Rushed publications based on flawed data

In 2014 BICEP2 made a very controversial press release. It was rushed, given before any papers where published, because they feared they would be scooped by another similar experiment. In the end it ...
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Does antibody staining / immunolabeling block or inhibit protein function?

In dissociated live cells, does staining them with an antibody block the protein's function? I am sorting cells based on their expression of a few marker genes, and culturing them post-sort for ...
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Any databases with AAMI ECG and ECHO?

There is no AAMI 12-lead ECG databases available online. All of them have problems. I and my friends finally finalised our tests with St Petersburg. It is not AAMI. So the next step is to search ...
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From a computer science perspective, how is DNA compared for various purposes?

I am very interested in privacy preserving technolgies, such as Microsoft PINQ and would like to see if this is applicable to DNA comparison. Given that I don't have a background in biology, I ...
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Classify chemotherapy drugs?

I'm studying a TCGA dataset trying to find correlations between gene expression and clinical data which might shed light on some pathways. One column of the clinical data provides a list of ...
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To get Standard ECG from PhysioNet?

I am trying to get standard ECG by using PhysioNet's ATM with parameters but I get It should be something like How can you get complete standard 12-lead ECG out of Physionet database?
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Are any biology research journals free to publish in? [closed]

The research journals Ive published in require significant financial cost to publish. On top of that many require a membership to the society the journal is associated with, in addition to publication ...
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Public Pacemaker database online?

I am looking for any database about pacemakers with the leads atria A right ventricle VR left ventricle VL I did not find any in Physionet. Is there any anonymous data about different situations ...
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Theranos blood test's Specificity and Accuracy?

I am studying the limitations of Theranos device. They have 238 documents in Google Patents Search (Inassignee as Theranos), here. Which patents are relevant for their device? They have 70 tests ...
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Primers on Dystonia

Where can I get a good biochemical overview of dystonia? I will be working in a research lab that focuses on dystonia and I would like to not be clueless.
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How does a biologist decide when she has enough results to publish a paper?

Biology is so exciting! Answering a question leads to thousand more questions! There is no limit to how much one kind find out about a phenomena… So I have always wondered how someone can ...