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  1. Discuss the biology of Alzheimers disease

    tangles and a sticky protein known as beta amyloid forming amyloid plaques, which surrounds the debris during nerve cells in the brains (Small D H & Barrow C J, 2007). The significant loss of cells and volume in the regions of the brain occurs in the hippocampus, affecting the short-term memory of the brain and the cerebral cortex affecting the languages skills and ability to make judgments (Longe, 2006, p141). Cooper (2003) suggests that it is the formation of the amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles that are responsible for neuronal loss.

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  2. Discuss the use and effects of anabolic steroids on the human body

    In basic operant conditioning terms there can either be two forms of punishment, positive or negative. Positive involves the addition of an aversive stimulus, following a specific behaviour and negative involves the removal of a favourable stimulus, following a specific behaviour (Ferster, Culbertson & Boren, 1975). The more frequently used form is positive punishment and can be defined in the context of learning as a reduction in the likelihood of a response occurring due to the presentation of an adverse stimulus (Leiberman, 2000).

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    The Importance of the Human Nervous System. The NS is possibly one of the most important systems in the evolution of multi-cellular organisms allowing cells, tissues, organs and even organisms to communicate and regulate both their internal and external e

    It consists of the spinal cord and the brain which are isolated from the rest of the body as they are located wholly within the vertebral canal and the skull.(4) (3) When problems arise within the NS they can normally be categorized by following the different levels of neuroanatomy, (6) for example a person who is confused may have a disturbance affecting the cerebral hemispheres (Appendix 1). (6) The dominant hemispheres (left in right-handed people) controls speech, the non-dominant hemisphere provides spatial awareness.

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  4. Functionality of Cardiac and Skeletal Muscles

    They are also both striated and when stimulated, can cause action potentials. This means that they both follow the sliding-filament model, which is based on the interactions between the proteins myosin and actin. Actin makes up the thin filaments of a myofibril, while myosin makes up the thick filaments and together with the help of ATP, causes a muscles to physically contract (Campbell pg 1106). Despite having the same basis for contraction, cardiac and skeletal muscles are very different. Cardiac and skeletal muscles can only be found in certain places of the body.

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  5. Hydrolysis of Starch

    The iodine tests for starch, and it turns blue/black in the presence of starch. The iodine test is done by adding a drop of iodine into a small sample of what needs to be tested. In the Benedict's solution test, it tests reducing sugars such as glucose. The Benedict's test is done by adding a small amount of Benedict's solution is added to the sample and then place it into a boiling water bath, if the blue solution of the Benedict's test produces a coloured precipitate (yellow or green to red, or brown), then the test is positive for the detection of a reducing sugar (Department of Biology, 2009).

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  6. Blood Clotting & Problems

    Plasma is mainly made from water, but contains many different proteins and other chemicals, an example would be hormones. * Blood cells - make up about 40% of the blood's volume. Blood cells are made in the bone marrow by blood 'stem' cells. The blood cells that are in the body are different types; they are red cells and white cells. * Red cells - give blood the red color. A constant new supply of red blood cells is needed to replace old cells that break down. Millions are released into the bloodstream from the bone marrow each day.

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  7. Proprioception and the stretch refle

    These myofibrils are surrounded by another structure known as the sarcoplasmic reticulum. Within a relaxed muscle fiber the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) stores calcium ions. When these ions are released from dilated sacs within the SR known as terminal cisterns, it triggers muscle contraction. Three different kinds of proteins make up myofibrils, these consist of; contractile proteins which create the force during a contraction, regulatory proteins which affects whether the contraction process is switched on or off and finally structural proteins which keeps the filaments correctly aligned, ensures the myofibril has elasticity and keeps it linked to the sarcolemma.

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  8. SDS-PAGE and Western Blotting Lab report (extensive methods section)

    The technique mixes the protein with sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) which is an anionic detergent that imparts a negative charge on the protein, the strength of which was dependent on the mass of the protein (Shapiro et al., 1967). The SDS denatures the secondary and tertiary structure of the protein, excluding disulphide bridges, and binds at a ratio of 1.4g of SDS per 1g of protein. This gives an identical mass:charge ratio for most proteins, enabling more efficient separation. It has been suggested that SDS-PAGE can determine the molecular weights of proteins with �10% accuracy (Weber, 1969).

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  9. amylase enzyme

    Most enzymes are specific, meaning that they only work on a particular reaction or class of reactions. Enzymes are structural proteins which can catalyze a reaction. They cause an increase in the rate of the reaction, while not being consumed in the reaction (Campbell et al., 2002). The amylase enzyme is secreted by the salivary glands and mixed with food as it is chewed. Amylase hydrolyses the starch molecules by breaking the glucose monomer bonds. The nature of starch may result in differences in amylolysis. The proportion of amylase, the a-(1,4)-linked anhydroglucose polymer, and amylopectin, the highly branched component formed by a-(1,4)-linked anhydroglucose units with a-(1,6)-linked branches are known to vary among different sources of starch (French, 1984).

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  10. Why Do Students Drink?

    Sexual Assaults and Alcohol Three-quarters of sexual assaults on school campuses are the result of students who binge drink (High-risk, 2004). Students who drink have the high risk of being sexually assaulted and that also goes for those who do not drink either. Opposing View Some schools have tried to ban alcohol from their campuses hoping that it would become a dry campus. In addition, some schools have said that the alcohol awareness program is not effective as to ban alcohol.

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  11. Effect of exercise on heart rate and arterial blood pressure in young healthy volunteers.

    After 10 minutes, it had decreased to around the same as the rest state. Systolic blood pressure increased after exercise, and decreased slightly below resting systolic pressure after the recovery period. Diastolic blood pressure decreased slightly after exercise, and after the recovery period, it returned to around the same pressure as it was before exercise. Conclusions and implications: It was found that, whilst heart rate and systolic blood pressure were consistent with the hypothesis, diastolic blood pressure only changed by a small margin. Introduction The cardiovascular system circulates nutrients throughout various parts of the body via the blood, which is continuously circulated around the whole body.

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  12. Hybrid and Hydrogen-Based Automobiles.

    The search for alternative fuels has been in progress for a while now. Another challenge is to find a solution that would significantly reduce gas-emissions, while maintaining a high performance to attract consumers. Today, the most efficient solution is hybrid cars. Some automakers have already put on the market their own version. Toyota is selling the Prius, while Honda is selling the Insight. GM is almost ready to display its own hybrid car. As for hydrogen-based, more research needs to done before automakers are ready to produce them. 1.3 Scope Because the time awarded to this research was limited, so is the content.

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  13. What Limits if any should be placed on the use of the following Biotechnologies. Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cell in Research and Treatment

    Furthermore President Bush limited expenditure to stem lines, and realized that a ban on federal funds would ultimately push research outside the reach of government control and therefore become privately funded. [1] The implications of research being conducted away from public scrutiny is viewed as opposite of what is required to control and limit the use of the controversial biotechnology. [1] The Bush administration have accepted the conduct of stem cell research using spare embryos, that were initially intended to create human life (but became unnecessary), but objected the use of embryos created with the clear intention of extracting their stem cells.

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  14. Comparing and and contrasting the endocrine system with the nervous system in their control of homeostasis.

    As soon as the level is back to the normal range the effector mechanism will be shut down (Bradley & Calvert 2011). Negative feedback is defined as a self regulation, where positive feedback reinforces original e.g contact dermatitis ?first you get rush then you scratch, then rush and scratching become more intense, then symptoms stops Onteora (2012) [ONLINE]. The endocrine system regulates different type of functions in the body by realizing hormones (chemical messengers) in to the bloodstream (Bradley & Calvert 2011).

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  15. Tumour markers and their role in Cancer diagnostics

    Alterations in gene expression and nuclear matrix proteins are revealed as a new class of tumour markers. The former is seen in chronic myeloid leukemia and the latter is presented as markers in bladder and prostate cancers (Keesee, 1996). These tumour markers can be found in blood, urine, saliva, stool, tissues (tumour or otherwise), or bodily fluids of certain patients with cancer (Schrohl, 2003). In fact, Henry Bence-Jones described the first tumour marker in 1846 from patients with multiple myeloma, when he observed the precipitation of a protein from their acidified urine (Hajdu, 2006).

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  16. Regional anatomy - case studies of the spinal region

    that was damaged by the biopsy. The dorsal primary rami provide only motor innervation to deep back motor muscle, and sympathetic/ general sensory innervation to the skin of the back. All muscles of the upper and lower limbs (e.g., the one responsible for raising the shoulder) are innervated by nerves that are branches of the ventral primary rami. Based on that, the spinal accessory nerve innervates the sternocleidomastoid and the trapezius muscles. It exits the skull through the jugular foramen, and travels deep to the sterocleidomastoid muscle (SCM), which it innervates.

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  17. EFFECT OF Light wave Length on Photosynthisis

    1 The photosynthesis equation Six molecules of water plus six molecules of carbon dioxide produce one molecule of sugar plus six molecules of oxygen. In most plants, the primary organ in which photosynthesis occurs is the leaf. This is why, we are able to identify which plants photosynthesise by looking at their colour. If it is green, then it photosynthesises (Workman, 2000). Factors that affect photosynthesis: Photosynthesis is controlled by several determining factors. 1. Light intensity and wavelength (colour)

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