I’m also excited to share my independent project! Narrowing down an idea was hard; I wanted to test all sorts of drugs and do all the different assays. In the end, I decided to study if ginger counters the effects that sugar has on anxiety and microbiome density. Sugar is known to increase anxiety and decrease microbiome density. I have seen these results in my diabetic grandpa and I began to wonder what drugs could counter the effects that sugar has. Since ginger is practically found in every Indian dish and is known to be an important aspect of a diet for a diabetic person, I decided it would be a good drug to test. I predict that ginger will help reduce the impact of sugar, but the effects of sugar will not completely vanish.
Additionally, I plan to test if my findings are maintained in offspring. As diabetes is a genetic condition, I am curious to see if it gets worse as it passes on. I don’t think that there should be much difference between parent and offspring, but maybe I’ll find something different! I can’t wait to see what I will learn from my independent project!