Students in the Whitney Point School District worked with live microscopic organisms to look into the effects of e-cigarette vapor on living cells.

Getty Images. Bijat Naivli
Getty Images. Bijat Naivli

The Living Environment classes under the instruction of science teacher Jesse Hartley will experiment with Tetraymena in a two-day lab session in a program coordinated by Cornell University.

The Advancing Secondary Science Education through Tetraymena or “ASSET” program at Cornell includes a brief history of what has led up to the current practices of vaping as well as the concerns that have been raised about using e-cigarettes and vaping products.

The students will be exposing the single-cell live protozoan to elements associated with the makeup of vaping products to see how the simple cells react.


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