BME100 s2015:Group2 9amL1
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Independent and Dependent Variables
Independent variable is the lipopolysaccharide and the dependent variable is the Inflammotin.
Arrange the groups in increasing amounts of dosage of lipopolysaccharide administered to the test subjects.
Age range: 55-80 years of age
Number of subjects per group
10 subjects per group.
The age range selected is 55 to 80 years of age. Fifty-five was chosen as the minimum age because it is considered the age of a senior citizen and 80 was chosen as the maximum age because the average lifespan does not extend beyond 80 and there are not as many possible test subjects that meet the criteria. Ten groups of 10 subjects were created because the lab could not afford the expense of additional groups or test subjects. Possible test subjects include both males and females.
Sources of Error and Bias
Sources of error will include, gender, age, pre-existing conditions, and current medications. Gender is considered due to differences in biological factors. Pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis, will influence the overall results of the experiment in comparison to individuals with no pre-existing conditions. Medications are a factor due to the medications interacting with one another, in addition to the fact that some medications may cause inflammation to increase or decrease. Age must also be taken into consideration, due to the increased risk of infections and inflammation in an older age range, such as 70 to 80 years old.