Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

BC

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