10 thoughts on “D51 – Geck

    1. My lab partners and I on the first day decided we wanted to do something different and unusual so we brainstormed for a while and after a while, I decided we should do a venom since there was some scientific evidence of being a possible chemotherapeutic and since I knew how dangerous western diamondback rattlesnake venom is we decided to do that for our project.

    1. If we were to repeat this experiment we would try to be a lot more accurate with the number of larvae per vial and the amount of venom per vial. We would also do more vials in general to get a better average.

  1. How common do you think alternative methods (such as this case where snake venom was tested) will be in the future, and just how safe could these methods be?

    1. I think alternative methods will be super common in the future. Like I said in the video the current chemotherapeutics aren’t always going to be the safest for everyone which is why it’s important to run experiments like this to discover new and safer chemotherapy treatments. The fruit flies are essential to deciding if a chemotherapeutic is safe and we can make that conclusion based on the survival rate.

    1. Not exactly. Many snake venom toxins and compounds have been shown to possess selective toxicity and anticancer activity in breast, cervical, and other cancer cell lines. Because of this claim, we ran this experiment to see if this venom can cure the fruit flies that are affected.

  2. Great presentation, from your data could you make any predictions as to how Crotalus Atrox venom would act alongside other methods of cancer treatment (other than radiation therapy)?

    1. Going off of our data it can be included that it most likely wouldn’t work super well with other cancer treatments but I’m not completely sure since we weren’t perfect with execution and tests like this need to be performed a lot more for it to be a considered a potential chemotherapy that would work alongside other cancer treatments.

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