Daphnia Heart Hypothesis

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Data analysis and t-test statistics have supported the hypothesis that Daphnia heart rate would increase when exposed to tobacco extract. Furthermore, tobacco exposure had negatively affected the overall health of the Daphnia specimen. Its heart rate became unusually low, and even after the release to its culture it appeared to be motionless, and possibly died as a result of the experiment. Unfortunately, the concentration of the tobacco extract was unknown, and had it been lower, the effects could have been different. Nonetheless, the experiment was successful due to the supported hypothesis. According to Stein, the structural features of Daphnia heart is similar in many ways to the cardiac hearts of the vertebrates. Therefore, studying

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