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(Science: anatomy) The spinal column, found in vertebrate animals, which runs along the dorsal side and contains the central nerve cord (spinal cord).

The main structural feature of a polymer (chain-like) molecule from which many side chains branch off. The series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; the fall broke his back.A central cohesive source of support and stability; faith is his anchor; the keystone of campaign reform was the ban on soft money; he is the linchpin of this firm.Fortitude and determination; he didn't have the guts to try it.A bone structure found in vertebrates where series of vertebrae are positioned in a column with the primary function of protecting the spinal cord and maintaining structure of the organism.

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A question about what living organisms are made up of.

Well, yes one could say that carbon is the main element. Carbon forms the backbone of most of the substances. Those are called organic molecules. However, there are of course also some inorganic compounds present.

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by JackBean
Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: A question about what living organisms are made up of.
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Re: Help - Why can't DNA be parallel?

... UPSIDE DOWN, unlike the riboses/phosphates which have been. The thing I don't understand (ish, now), is why you can't have that ribose/phosphate backbone flipped right side up in the 3'-5' strand? That is what I tried to convey in the second part of my Paint image. I have kept the bases normally ...

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by keetner
Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: Help - Why can't DNA be parallel?
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Please check my work?

... B notochord C postanal tail D pharyngeal pouches A? Members of the subphyla Urochordata and Cephalochordata are chordates although they lack A a backbone. B pharyngeal pouches. C a notochord. D an anus. is it A? Three common characteristics of adult vertebrates are A skull, notochord, and complex ...

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by radicali
Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please check my work?
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Re: 5 best proofs of evolution

... others. This, I take it, is self-evident. Let me cite a common example: many animals have what we call an internal skeletal structure featuring a backbone and skull. We call these animals vertebrates. Most animals do not have these features (we call them invertebrates). The distinction between ...

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by Raven7899
Sun May 27, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: 5 best proofs of evolution
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restriction reaction on agarose gel slices

... of insert of interest 4. restriction reaction 5. enzyme removal <- I often use KpnI/BamHI and can't go with heat inactivation 6. ligation with backbone and transformation I know that restriction can be performed on agarose slices but never done it myself. This would save a bit of time and reagents, ...

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by dustman
Fri May 25, 2012 2:54 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: restriction reaction on agarose gel slices
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