BME100 f2015:Group9 1030amL1
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Independent and Dependent Variables
Independent Variable: Dosage of lipopolysaccharide (mg)
The independent variable is the substance that we are manipulating in order to see how it effects the results (the dependent variable)
We will have a total of 12 groups where half of the groups (groups 1-6) will be of ages 65-69, and the other half (groups 7-12) will be of ages 70-74
Our age range will span from 65-74, split from ages 65-69 and ages 70-74 in order to get a better observation of how age plays a factor into the reaction of the lipopolysaccharide.
In order to create the groups, our team will go to a primary care physician near our area to get a list of patients who have had a history of inflammatory problems.
Sources of Error and Bias
Because our subjects were taken from a local primary care physicians, the results may not be representative of how the lipopolysaccharide works for other patients worldwide. In addition, because we are taking patients will preexisting inflammatory conditions, other health issues may interfere with the accuracy of the results. Furthermore, some patients may not react at all to the medicine which may skew the results. Lastly, experimenter bias may occur where the scientist has preconceived expectations for the experiment and may inevitably guide the research towards a favorable result.