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1. Beginning; commencement. Doubting sad end of principle unsound. (Spenser)

2. A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds; fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance; ultimate element, or cause. The soul of man is an active principle. (Tillotson)

3. An original faculty or endowment. Nature in your principles hath set [benignity] (Chaucer) Those active principles whose direct and ultimate object is the communication either of enjoyment or suffering. (Stewart)

4. A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from which others are derived, or on which others are founded; a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an axiom; a postulate. Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of christ, let us go on unto perfection. (Heb. Vi. 1) A good principle, not rightly understood, may prove as hurtful as a bad. (milton)

5. A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior; a rule (usually, a right rule) of conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person of no principle. All kinds of dishonesty destroy our pretenses to an honest principle of mind. (law)

6. (Science: chemistry) Any original inherent constituent which characterises a substance, or gives it its essential properties, and which can usually be separated by analysis; applied especially to drugs]], plant extracts, etc. Cathartine is the bitter, purgative principle of senna. (Gregory) bitter principle, principle of contradiction, etc. See bitter, Contradiction, etc.

Origin: f. Principe, L. Principium beginning, foundation, fr. Princeps, -cipis. See prince.

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principle of error-prone PCR???

... enzyme is the reason leading to the error matches of basicpair. I am now confused, which one is correct? If I am wrong, please be kind explain the principle of how Mn2+ working. Attaching the links of involved websites would be so helpful. thank you so much~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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by feixiaorou
Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:23 am
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Topic: principle of error-prone PCR???
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What happens if you convert your DNA into RNA and...

That depends what piece of DNA you would insert into the particular human being. But basically that's the principle of gene therapy.

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by JackBean
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:52 am
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Neo-Orthogenesis and Neo-Darwinian evolution

... intelligence will spark the process of technological evolution. In many ways my Neo-Orthogenetic theory is similar to the Strong Anthropic Principle just without the anthropocentrism. I would argue that anyone who believes that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe holds a ...

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by valetudo
Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Neo-Orthogenesis and Neo-Darwinian evolution
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... more as a "what if" Eureka moment but I have since found out that a lot of evidence has been found of the concept being proved in principle a decade and more ago. I'm happier to be proved right than I am unhappy not to have been the first with this idea. 8) - I remember thinking ...

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by PeterDow
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:02 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: My “Eureka” moment. A cure for cancer.
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My “Eureka” moment. A cure for cancer.

... thinking of trying a similar approach when I started my work in parasitology many years ago: what if cancer-aimed parasites could be used? In principle, it works; in reality, it's hard to develop an actual therapy. One important detail - I don't think that the hypoxic cores tend to be the ...

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by Darby
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: My “Eureka” moment. A cure for cancer.
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