Lead causes detrimental health effects such as weakness, weight loss and eventual death in avian species. Bone mineral density and the effects of dietary anti-oxidants were analyzed in relation to blood lead levels. Using post-mortem samples as a diagnostic tool for determining lead exposure was investigated. The results suggested that there is a correlation between bone density and bone lead content and that pre-mortem blood correlate with post-mortem fluid. Other results were inconclusive due to the small sample sizes.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Biology and Biotechnology
Major Qualifying Project
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