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1. The letters of a language arranged in the customary order; the series of letters or signs which form the elements of written language.

2. The simplest rudiments; elements. The very alphabet of our law. (Macaulay) deaf and dumb alphabet. See dactylology.

Origin: L. Alphabetum, fr. Gr. _, the first two greek letters; Heb. Aleph and beth: cf. F. Alphabet.

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Re: Beneficial mutations vs harmful

... in regards to evolution is by assuming that the beneficial mutation in question spells ''HOUSE''. We first have H. There are 26 letters in the alphabet, so there exists a 1 in 26 probability that the next letter (mutation) shall be a ''O'' - a neutral or beneficial mutation. There is now the ...

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by Coelacanth
Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:08 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Beneficial mutations vs harmful
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... in a word and each code (in this case codon) can then be translated to help create other things. Think of the four nucleotides as letters in an alphabet. There are many different combinations of these letters which can translate into words, in this case amino acids. Amino acids can be thought ...

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by OdinsRaven
Thu May 31, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Genetics
Topic: Explain why Genetic Code is called "Rosetta Stone" of life?
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Problems with Synthetic Biology?

... synthetic biology? For example, I am particularly thinking of glycosylation events and carbohydrates, which have been described as nature's third alphabet akin to nucleotides and amino acids. There are known examples of where aberrant glycosylation can be induced onto certain proteins. The proteins ...

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by docholliday
Thu May 10, 2012 5:03 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Problems with Synthetic Biology?
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Views: 1609

Re: how to memorize the amino acid

... the largest system you get tryptophan ;) For the acidic AAs, just add carboxyl to Ala and you get aspartic acid. Since G lutamic acid is later in alphabet, it is longer by one carbon. The amides are just likewise. The basic AAs (hey, how stupid is the English, since it calls basic and basic with ...

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by JackBean
Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: how to memorize the amino acid
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Views: 7122


... in any way and, if left to the wonder and live for themselves, would die. When the brain is taken away, the individual may not have to learn the alphabet (which is unnecessary to surviving in the wild) but the individual will also loose their center for THINKING and ACTING and CONTROLLING THEIR ...

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by Crucible
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Digestive System Evolution
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