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sunnyfield

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About sunnyfield

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  • Birthday 01/04/1972

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    Mississippi
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    3d animation, Psychology, Sociology, Religion, Health and Meditation, Herbs and Vitamins... and many other things really.
  • Favorite Area of Science
    biology
  1. Those last two posts should help me get a better picture of things . Thanks . I will look up that Chemical Abstract Services database and also read up on what a "cas number" is - both of those things are very interesting and helpful to answer my questions.
  2. Lol, thanks guys for the input. I was hoping for an answer more like " oh, yeah, there's a facility out in Nevada that catalogs all known chemicals". I should have put that the chemical in question is castoreum .
  3. I recently read a news article about strange and unpleasant additives in food , and one of them was the ANAL SECRETIONS OF A BEAVER ! Now , this begs the question : who tasted a beaver butt to discover that it has a flavor that is similar to raspberries , and therefore would be good in yogurt? How do they figure this out ? Who does this, what is his job title ? Just some of my many practical questions. If this isn't the appropriate forum, please let me know where I can post this . Thanks.
  4. Thanks Ewmon. Very interesting post. I love a good link . You bring up an interesting subject - innovation .
  5. I am curious what others here think about the way such subjects are handled on television programs. As I said earlier , there seems to be a spin put on things - anyone else notice what I am talking about?
  6. I watched the videos from one of the sites above, and I was interested in the Autosomal DNA - I really never had that sorted out. I knew they say we have two chromosomes, and I remember being taught that we have 23 pairs of chromosomes - but I had not until now understood the difference between the two types of DNA. So "Autosomes" are not "Chromosomes" ? We have two chromosomes and 22 pair of autosomes? And then there is mitochondrial DNA which is passed down separately - fascinating. I hope I am not a drag for the rest of you - I know my questions are rudimentary. But I appreciate the help.
  7. The show was "Through the Wormhole " , the episode was "Will Sex Become Extinct" . If you want to see what I am referring to as far as how they presented the subject.
  8. Thank you very much! I will watch those videos. I really appreciate your help. The reason I am trying to grasp this is because there always seems to be a sort of misrepresentation by scientists on these television programs. I realize that it may be because TV wants to "sex it up" for the public to make the show more shocking and get people's attention, and I also think a lot of the time there is misrepresentation because the geneticist being interviewed is a woman - and sometimes these women may be feminists or maybe have issues with men in their personal life. But as I said, maybe it is jus
  9. Let me say right off that I am not a Biologist, Geneticist, or even a student. I watched an episode of "Through the Wormhole" and it brought up some things I want to understand better, but I don't know where to begin finding out. I actually have a couple of questions : 1) It is my understanding that the X chromosomes in the female actually get mixed up from one generation to the next , so that the female , when passing down an X in an egg, passes a chromosome that is not an identical copy of one of the ones she received herself. It is a mixture of different genes from each X. (2) The Y chrom
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