Hi again. The last time I blogged, the TRIP program just started and we were learning how to feed fruit flies. Since then, I was able to learn how to conduct my own mini experiment and came up with an idea for my independent project. In my mini- experiment, I tested the effects of the herb, Rholodia, and dish-soap on fruit flies. From this study, I learned a couple of things: 1) Flies do not like dish soap 2) Most of the time, flies die when exposed to dish soap 3) Rholodia cannot save flies when they are exposed to dish soap. So the last couple of weeks have been really interesting.
Currently, we are underway in conducting our independent research projects. Every single person in the program is working so hard to make an interesting and successful experiment. After thinking about possible experiments to test, I found that I want to test the effects of Vape on fruit flies on fertility, offspring motility, and on the gut bacteria. I have seen numerous kids taking out flash drive looking tools taking puffs constantly. Many of those kids believe that Vape is not harmful and I am looking to test that theory on the fruit fly level. Hopefully I can conduct my experiment and get interesting results. Wish me luck!