When TRIP started, I was excited to do my own research project, but I had a few lingering fears. Would I be too terrified of the flies to actually work with them? Would I know what to do? Would I even like being in the lab? I discovered early on that fruit flies aren’t that scary, especially when they’re knocked out but my other questions, however, had slightly more complicated answers.
For my independent project, I decided to study if ginger and short-term cold exposure could reduce pain in injured fruit flies. I would injure some flies, drug some with ginger, and expose some to cold immediately before running assays. I decided on the Negative Geotaxis assay to determine how well my flies were feeling overall and the Pain Sensitivity assay to measure how pain-sensitive my flies were.
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