Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Biology lab.

It has been a long time since I've done any sort of science experiment with animals. I did once at MIT where all I had to do was draw blood from a rabbit's ear. I couldn't do it that well and the rabbits were pissed and I was not a happy researcher. I pretty much closed the books on doing any sort of animal research.

It usually takes a lot of money and trouble to keep animals for research which is why I was completely caught off guard when we did metabolic / oxygen consumption rates of gerbils at my local community college.

Here's our gerbil. We named him Pip.

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We put him in three different environments - room temperature, warm and cold environments to see how much oxygen Pip uses in these three situations. Poor Pip! So cold. Brrrr.

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