Archive for January, 2011

What are Arachnida?

January 31, 2011

We all know about the general classification system followed whereby there are different kingdoms. Arachnida is a class of animals which are invertebrates and are joint legged. It is derived from the Greek word arachne meaning spider. Nearly all of the arachnids around us are terrestrial, except for few which are seen in marine...
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Role of Aquaporins in our body

January 31, 2011

Aquaporins are proteins contained in the cell membrane that are involved in water regulation across the cell membrane. These proteins have a significant role to play in the blood-brain barrier and water transport in the skeletal muscles, lungs and kidney.  In recent years following a lot of research, the role of aquaporins and water...
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Introduction to aquiculture

January 31, 2011

Aquiculture otherwise known as aqua farming involves the cultivation of fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants under controlled conditions which are continually monitored. It is completely different form commercial fishing or mariculture where the quantity of water required and methods used are very different. Aquiculture may be used in the harvesting and growth of...
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Introduction to Angelman Syndrome

January 31, 2011

Angelman Syndrome refers to a neuro-genetic disorder wherein people experience disturbances in sleep, jerky movements (particularly hand flapping), excessive smiling, developmental and intellectual delays and a generally happy demeanor. It is a classic example of a case where on chromosome fifteen of the maternal and paternal alleles of a gene, the maternal allele is...
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Introduction to Amphetamines

January 31, 2011

Using and abusing drugs for various reason has been a practice that people indulge in since millennia. There are a number of positive and negative effects that are there in using and indulging in various drugs. Amphetamine is a psychostimulant drug that is used to produce wakefulness and focus and also increases a person’s...
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