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Gene Is Like A Noun

a: Gene ~
b: noun

What: "In the language of life, each of the ~23,000 genes/proteins encoded by the human genome is like a noun with its own special meaning. The possible interactions and functions of these proteins are akin to verbs. If we want to make real progress in understanding how cells work, a lot more researchers will need to markedly expand their biomolecular vocabularies. Otherwise, we will have a lot of data, but little knowledge."

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Writer: s_pelech_kinexus
LCC: QR
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Date: Jul 31 2011 12:50 PM


Genetic Music.....

a: Gene ~
b: single note in a song

What: "Can you think of an analogy that would help clarify the versatility of genes? For example, one analogy might be: "A gene is like a single note in a song. You might play variations on the theme by playing the song in a different key or changing the harmony, but the overall tune is still the same."

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: May 7 2013 5:30 PM


A Very Literal Discription

a: Gene ~
b: a sentence that describe protein structure

What: " A gene is like a long sentence that describes the structure of a protein. The letters in the sentence are spelled out in the building blocks of the DNA strand of which the gene is part."

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Writer: Darrell E. Ward
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Date: May 7 2013 5:32 PM


Do He Say Unit?

a: Gene ~
b: a unit of information

What: "Schematically, a gene is like a unit of information. It has simple binary properties. When active, it is an elementary information-theoretic unit, the cascade of gene instructions resembling the cascade involved in specifying a recipe." A mathematical take on gene expression.

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Writer: Marcel-Paul Schutzen
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Date: May 7 2013 6:00 PM



a: Gene ~
b: recipe

What:

" For people to get the traits encoded in their genes, the genes need to be turned on. You can think of a gene as a recipe. A recipe in a cookbook does you no good until you open the book, get the ingredients and follow the instructions."


"The same is true with our genes. In our analogy, the gene is the recipe and the cookbook is the chromosome (a large collection of recipes). The gene needs to be "read" by the cell in order for it to do what it should. An unread brown or black hair recipe will give you blonde hair. "


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Writer: 50000_FLYING_DILDOS
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Date: Jan 4 2014 8:54 AM


2 Row Of Pearls...

a: A gene ~
b: two open pearl necklaces laid side by side

What: "A gene is like two open pearl necklaces laid side by side."

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Writer: Conrado D. Fontanill
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Date: May 13 2013 11:32 AM


A Nice Metaphor But.......

a: The gene ~
b: a single grain of sand

What: "The gene is like "a single grain of sand" hidden in a building the size of the Empire State Building, says Gregory Castanias, Myriad's lawyer. He will tell the justices that isolating the two genes justifies a patent because "it is the final step in an extraordinarily complicated set of inventive actions that led to the creation of this molecule, which had never been available to the world before."

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Writer: Gregory Castanias
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Date: May 7 2013 5:46 PM


Genomics As Player Piano......

a: The gene ~
b: a piano key

What: "The gene is like a piano key," says James Shreeve, author of an upcoming book, The Golden Code. "Up to this point, we've been going after notes. Now we have the keyboard. You had to have that level of detail to understand the music."

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Writer: James Shreeve
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Date: May 7 2013 5:49 PM



a: Gene flow ~
b: sale of Harry Potter books

What:

"Gene flow is like tracking the sale of Harry Potter books. If you made a list of all the planes, trains, and automobiles which have shipped them, and all of the web sites and stores which have sold them, you would, at the end of the day, still not have explained a single page without J.K. Rowling. You certainly wouldn't know what a Muggle was."


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Writer: rentafriend2000
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Date: Jan 21 2015 12:47 PM


Genetic Music?

a: Gene flow ~
b: a remix

What:

"genetic drift is like a new single.
gene flow is like a remix.
uh-huh."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Jan 21 2015 12:49 PM



a: Gene flow ~
b: removing the right parts from a machine

What:

"Those who choose to take the right path--the path of light--realize that their highest destiny is tied to their DNA, and they also realize that to move higher they must have no gene flow from those who are not of the people because this changes the recipe that makes them and their lines what they are. Such gene flow is like removing the right parts from a machine and replacing them with parts that don't work right in that machine. The way to obtain the least gene flow is to have complete physical isolation from other types."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Jan 21 2015 12:53 PM



a: Gene flow ~
b: putting jellyfish DNA in a petri dish

What:

"Gene flow is like... putting jellyfish DNA in a petri dish with E. Coli and stressing out the E. Coli and forcing them to take up the jellyfish DNA and glow. By putting stress on the organisms in their environment you require them to search for and apply new genetic traits. The E.Coli experiment isn't evolution or even gene flow, but it's the general idea. It's an integral part of evolution, but i think you're correct in saying it doesnt always help."


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Writer: tropical_fishy
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Date: Jan 21 2015 12:54 PM



a: Gene flow ~
b: Mexican marrying an Amish

What:

These are two different human populations. One originates in Germany and now resides mostly in Western Pennsylvania. Mexicans are a mix of Spanish colonist and natives. If a Mexican moved to Western Pennsylvania and married an Amish person, The genes of the two parties would then be mixed in their off spring. The "Genes" would be moving from one region of the world to another.


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Writer: Lucrezia
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Jan 21 2015 1:01 PM



a: gene pool ~
b: a gumball machine

What:

"A gene pool is like a gumball machine containing red, blue, yellow, and green balls (alleles). For 25 cents and a turn of the knob, two gumballs are dispensed from the machine. Two red gumballs, a red and a blue, a yellow and a green, or any of the other possible color combination may result from any one gumball purchase."


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Aug 1 2015 2:13 PM



a: gene pool ~
b: refrigerator

What:

"The gene pool is like a refrigerator full of cartons of different kinds of milk ... "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Aug 1 2015 2:15 PM



a: gene pool ~
b: having a large toolbox

What:

"Having a diverse gene pool is like having a large toolbox filled with tools that you don't use daily but that someday you might need "


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Writer: Janine M. Benyus
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Date: Aug 1 2015 2:17 PM



a: gene pool ~
b: a fruit punch

What:

"My sister is in an interracial relationship (my family's gene pool is like a fruit punch) and I haven't heard any problems from her end. "


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Writer: Brenton Woo
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Date: Aug 1 2015 2:19 PM



a: Gene therapy ~
b: a software patch

What:

"One of the major potential ways to really cure cancer is to send in genes that counteract the effect of the mutant genes that cause cancer. Gene therapy is like a software patch sent in to fix a bug. DNA is like a really complex piece of software. Once we can rewrite the genetic software to cancel out the effects of cancer-causing mutations we will be able to cure cancer. "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Feb 13 2015 11:10 AM



a: Gene therapy ~
b: Cold War

What:

"Now armed with this knowledge there are many disorders that we could fix if we had a way to deliver the right DNA. In many ways gene therapy is like the Cold War. We have nuclear warheads but it isn't going to do any good if we don't have an effective delivery system. A delivery system must first be able to hit the target but it must also allow the device to do its job and do it covertly enough that it doesn't call up the defenses of its enemy too quickly."


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Writer: E.E. GIORGI
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Date: Feb 13 2015 11:13 AM



a: Gene therapy ~
b: molecular surgery

What:

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Writer: Not Stated
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 13 2015 11:16 AM



a: gene editing ~
b: spell check

What:

"“If a word is spelled incorrectly " a letter is wrong " spell check can find it, compare it to a database and make corrections to that precise error while leaving the rest of the word alone,” he said. “That's basically what we're doing here, except the word in this case are the letters that make up a strand of DNA.”


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Writer: Dr. Nicholas Petrelli
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Date: Dec 4 2015 10:52 AM


Step By Step

a: Gene promoter ~
b: start button on an assembly line

What: "The operon system can be compared to that of an assembly line system. Each part plays a specific role, and if one portion doesn't do it's job or stops, the final product is not made. The operon's purpose is to transcribe the genes that are present and then the products (proteins) that those genes code for can be made. The promoter is like the start button that starts the conveyor belt moving."

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Writer: Lauren Suarez
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Date: May 13 2013 7:07 PM


Something To Bind With....

a: Gene promoter ~
b: a doorknob

What: "Here's an analogy. A promoter is like a doorknob, in that the promoters of many operons are similar. An operator is like the keyhole in a doorknob, in that each door is locked by only a specific key, which in this analogy is a specific regulatory protein."

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: May 13 2013 7:09 PM



a: gene mutation ~
b: spelling error

What:


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Apr 24 2016 7:46 PM



a: Gene selection ~
b: computers logic

What:

"We can compare this with gene selection: Gene selection is like computers logic, only 0's and 1's. But than again, being 0 or 1 means, there is a %50 chance that it can go either way for every gene. And important aspects of the organism are not only one gene dependent, so there is much more different possibilities than two... "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Mar 28 2014 6:26 PM


Amino Acid Cookies

a: Gene expression ~
b: making cookies

What: "Scientists say gene expression is like making cookies. The recipe is the genes. The ingredients are the amino acids. The dough is the protein. The oven is like the environment."

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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Apr 29 2013 2:52 PM


Behavior Shaped By Genes On Or Off..

a: Gene expression ~
b: putty

What: "Gene expression is like putty: Genes are turned on and off, dialed up or down both by other genes and by the ups and downs of everyday life." With this newly accepted idea being scientifically recognized it brings a number of individuals closer to understanding their own personal development."

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Writer: Lloyd Antunez
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Date: Apr 29 2013 2:57 PM


Some Off Some On Some Broken

a: Gene expression ~
b: a string of Christmas lights

What: "As we've seen with Gleevec, silencing a gene is not as simple as turning a light switch on and off. Gene expression is like a string of Christmas lights that flicker periodically. Breaking a bulb can potentially affect a neighboring bulb. In order to break a bulb that's lit, we have to completely master patterns of expression. To put it simply: we're just not there yet - and we probably won't be for a long time."

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Writer: Pinak Joshi
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Date: Apr 29 2013 3:01 PM


Put It Out There......

a: Gene expression ~
b: speaking word aloud

What: "A lot of Andy's research has looked at gene expression. To convey what this means he used an excellent analogy. If we think of DNA as book, and genes as words, gene expression is like speaking the words aloud."

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Writer: Andy Beale
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Date: Apr 29 2013 3:04 PM



a: Gene regulation ~
b: pyramid

What:

"Gene regulation is like a pyramid. At the
pyramid's apex are the master regulators, which
control a battery of secondary regulators, which
conerol the final products at the pyramid's base.
That is, some genes cause the synthesis of protein
molecules that control the expression of other
genes, which then cause the synthesis of the
protein molecules that actually make up the cell.
So once a developing cell makes the decision to
switch on a master regulator, that decision deter-
mines everything that happens subsequently "


The linked pdf is an article about brain
development.


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Writer: Kai Zinn
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Date: Jan 17 2014 5:08 PM



a: Gene sequencing ~
b: learning the phone numbers for everyone in the world

What:

" Gene sequencing is like learning the phone numbers for everyone in the world, but we don't really know which number goes to which person--we don't know what all of the gene sequence actually means to health, disease, and other characteristics of humans. So this is very important beginning information that will allow the next phase: functional genetics, or genomics, to unravel what genes do. "


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Writer: Dr. Jeff Kahn
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Date: Dec 12 2014 1:41 PM



a: Gene sequencing ~
b: pile of automobile parts

What:

"To make an analogy, gene sequencing is like having a big pile of automobile parts dumped on the floor, and the scientists have to put it all back together again. But there's one big problem: they don't know it's a car - it's just a pile of parts. So they have to take every single little part and try to figure out all the places it could fit. Here's one little screw. You've got to find all the hundreds of different threaded holes it might possibly fit into. That one step narrows down the possibilities for that particular screw to a few dozen, and takes an enormous amount of computing. "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Dec 12 2014 1:43 PM



a: gene sequencing ~
b: recording of music

What:

"With all the excitement generated by gene sequences, it is easy to forget that the primary purpose of most genes is to code for proteins. The proteins are biological macromolecules that are of primary importance to all living organisms. If gene sequencing is like the recording of music,then proteins are like the playback"


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Writer: Kanti V. Mardia
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Date: Dec 12 2014 1:46 PM



a: human gene pool ~
b: gigantic blood bank

What:

" The human gene pool is like one gigantic blood bank that has been contaminated. "


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Writer: Paul Thomas
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Date: Aug 1 2015 2:16 PM



a: Jewish gene pool ~
b: the Borg

What:

" It's hard to find a German Nobel Laureate in medicine or physics who did not have a Jewish wife. Note the number of great song writers who have been married to Jewesses: Paul McCartney, Woody Guthrie, Kurt Cobain, Brian Wilson. Curious, eh? The Jewish gene pool is like the Borg"we will add you to our collective"if you are good enough! There are no blacks, Hispanics, nor any group below a certain meridian on that list. So not pure, but always GOOD. These choices of fathers also give one a sense of the qualities that Jewish women seek in a potential father, in Spengler's sense. "


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Writer: Hrolf
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Date: Aug 1 2015 2:22 PM



a: Illumina gene sequencing ~
b: the mainframe of the 60's

What:

"Illumina gene sequencing is like the mainframe of the 60's. Buy Oxford Nanopore" :-) "


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Writer: Not Stated
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Date: Dec 12 2014 1:40 PM


Gene As Pendrive/flashdrives

a: gene contains information about traits . ~
b: pendrives contains data about programs.

What:

A pendrive contains data in ICs about any programe.similiarly a gene also contains information of any trait to be express in dna sequences coded for a particular trait.


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Writer: vilas gupta
LCC: QH506
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Sep 13 2014 10:06 AM



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METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.