BME100 f2014:Group10 L1
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Independent and Dependent Variables
Independent Variable: The independent variable is the dosages of Lipopolysaccharide. In our experiment, it will be increments of 2 starting from 0 and ending at 10mg.
Dependent Variable: The dependent variable is inflammatin. We will be measuring how much of the inflammatory protein will be produced at each increment.
Since the experiment tests the drug's influence on the elderly, random subjects from the ages of 65 to 95 should be chosen, and should also be chosen from different geographic areas to rule out various immune system differences. The subjects should all be healthy to reduce the possibility of error caused by agents who create various immune responses.
Sources of Error and Bias
The sick subjects could possibly be producing inflammotin already, so healthy subjects are chosen to reduce error from outside immune responses. Older patients obviously have weakened immune systems, so patients of various ages should be chosen to reflect the broader audience of the drug. Also, some patients may have an undesirable genetic or family history that may cause them to experience unique immune responses; as a result, patients with a healthier immune system would be favored. Other sources of error could come from our calculations and our measurements.