Biology Riddles

Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by ElectricFetus, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    Question/Riddle

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    what is the main source of mutations in a genome?
     
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  3. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    That hard to say it could be many things depending on the genome and conditions. Transponing elements are considered to be the prime cause of mutations although depending on conditions radiation and mutagens can be the primary causes. During reproduction crossing over a chromosomes during meiosis is the primary cause of mutation.
     
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  5. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    na ja...then...especially for wellcookedfetus:

    what is the main source of point mutations
     
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  7. BigBlueHead Great Tealnoggin! Registered Senior Member

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    Those damned mutagens!
     
  8. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Ah again spuriousmonkey you need to ask what kind of point mutation, if you ask what cause Thymine dimmers or a frame shift, Nonsense, ect. Then I could answer quickly and within 1-2 sentences.
     
  9. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    it doesn't matter actually. The answer is the same.
     
  10. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    I just want everyone to know that I don't know a single thing about genetics.
    Why do I want everyone to know?
    Well strangely I'm proud that I don't know anything about genetics. It has to be the most boring scientific subject, its to science what soccer is to sport.
    Ok I'm done.
     
  11. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    No spuriousmonkey what kind of point mutation? A point mutation does not need to be a single nucleotide mutation, it can be any form of mutation not detectable by karotyping.
     
  12. chuck u farley Registered Senior Member

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    Dr. Lou, Do you know anything about flowers? I put up a riddle about daisy flowers and nobody has taken a stab at it.

    Oh, by the way. Did you get those waffle irons?
     
  13. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    i'm still waiting for the correct answer. And fetus, there are no extra points for being a smartass.
     
  14. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Sorry I can't answer you if you don't give me a correct question.
     
  15. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    feel free not to answer the question.
     
  16. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    I did answer it.
     
  17. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    It is not the 'correct' answer (insofar that correct answers exist in biology).

    Sorry.
     
  18. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Well how could I answer the question correctly if you can't give me a proper question?
     
  19. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    Feel free not to answer a question that you feel is not a proper question.
     
  20. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    I can imagine this is also not a proper question, since the answer is not valid in all situations.

    The question could also have been: Around nuclear power plants fish tend to be dead, why?
     
  21. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    no you ask "what is the main source of mutations in a genome? I ask which kind of mutations? since there are many types mutations caused by many sources I can not say which is the main source, if you asked "What is the most common mutation in the genome and what is its most common source" that would be a better question.

    But fish don't tend to be dead it’s a studied fact that they are bigger though, am I to believe that all the questions are to by hypothetical with hypothetical answers?
     
  22. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

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    During the last summer many fish died near powerplants because the water there was warmer than in other areas leaving less oxygen.
     
  23. river-wind Valued Senior Member

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    I believe that the substitution of alleles during the copying of DNA causes the most genomic mutations. However, given that multiple triplets of alleles will code for the same protein, the most common cause of significant phylogenic mutation is cause by deletion of an allele, causing the rest of the gene sequence to be mis-aligned for protien transcription.
     

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