• Q & A

    Q & A on Cell Structure

    Q: What is cell theory? Cell theory asserts that the cell is the constituent unit of living beings. Before the discovery of the cell, it was not recognized that living beings were made of building blocks like cells. The cell theory is one of the basic theories of Biology. Q:  Are there living beings without cells? Viruses are considered the only living beings that do not have cells. Viruses are constituted by genetic material (DNA or RNA) enwrapped by a protein capsule. They do not have membranes and cell organelles nor do they have self-metabolism. Q:  In 1665 Robert Hooke, an English scientist, published his book Micrographia, in which he…

  • Biology,  Genetics,  Q & A

    What is the Biological function of DNA

    DNA polymers direct the production of other polymers called proteins A protein is one or more polymers of monomers called amino acids. Proteins are the workhorse molecules in your cells. They act as enzymes, structural support, hormones, and a whole host of other functional molecules. All traits derive from the interactions of proteins with each other and the surrounding environments. A chromosome consists of smaller segments called genes Chromosomes are very long structures consisting of two DNA polymers, joined together by hydrogen bonds connecting complementary base pairs. A chromosome is divided into segments of double-stranded DNA called genes. Image showing how a chromosome is made up of DNA which contains genes.…

  • Biology,  Q & A

    What Would Happen If All the Bees Died?

    There are about 20,000 species of bees in the world, and they are probably the most important insect pollinators. The thousands of bee species have unique flight patterns and floral preferences, and many have coevolved with flowers in such a way that their body sizes and behaviors almost perfectly complement the flowers they pollinate. Sadly, bees of all types are in decline worldwide, as are many other insects. The familiar honeybee has suffered greatly from colony collapse disorder, in which hives suddenly lose their adult members. Populations of bumblebees and other solitary bees have steeply declined in many places, largely because of insecticide and herbicide use, habitat loss, and global…

  • Genetics,  Q & A

    Q & A ON MENDEL’S LAW

    1. Who was Gregor Mendel? Mendel is considered the father of genetics. He was a monk, biologist and botanist born in Austria in 1822 and who died in 1884. During the years 1853 to 1863, he cultivated pea plants in the gardens of his monastery to be used in his research. His experiments consisted of crossing pea plants with distinct characteristics (size, seed color, etc.), cataloging the results and interpreting them. The experiments led him to develop his laws, results published in 1886 with no scientific repercussions at that time. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, in 1902, 18 years after his death, were his achievements broadly recognized.…

  • Biochemistry,  Q & A

    Q & A ON CELL RESPIRATION

    1. How do cells obtain the energy they need to function? Cells obtain energy for their metabolic reactions from breaking down organic molecules with a high energy content. This energy is mostly stored as ATP molecules. The process of obtaining energy in order to produce ATP molecules is called cellular respiration. 2. What compound is phosphorylated for ATP formation? What is the resulting compound when ATP releases energy? ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is formed after the binding of one phosphate molecule (phosphorylation) to one ADP (adenosine diphosphate) molecule. This is a process that stores energy in the produced ATP molecule. When ATP provides energy to the cellular metabolism, it releases…

  • Biology,  Q & A,  Zoology

    Explain the excretory system in insects?

    Excretion Excretion is the process whereby an organism eliminates metabolic wastes and unwanted chemicals from its system. Metabolism is  the sum total of all the chemical reactions occurring in the cells and body. Some products of these metabolic reactions are toxic  and so must be processed or eliminated from the body. Others are simply materials that are present in excess and so must be  eliminated as waste. The process of excretion is quite different to defecation, which is the removal of undigested food wastes from  the gut. However, the gut of many animals also has a role in excretion as some materials may be excreted into the gut and  eliminated…

  • Genetics,  Q & A

    Q & A ON CELL CYCLE AND CELL DIVISION

    Q 1. Define cell cycle Ans. The sequence of events by which cell duplicates its genome, synthesis of other constituents of the cell and eventually divides into two daughters cell. Q2. Name the phases of cell cycle Ans. A) Interphase B) M Phase Q3. What is the G1phase of the interphase? Ans. The G1 phase Corresponds to interval between mitosis & initiation of DNA replication. Q4. Which phase follows the S phase in the cell cycle? Ans. G2 Phase Q5. What is mitosis? Ans. Cell divides equally to produce identical daughter cell so that they receive an equal number of chromosomes as that of its parents cell.  Q6. What is meiosis? Ans. It…

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