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Feb. 8th, 2008 | 11:00 am
posted by: abbysciuto in islandscience

Now that my brain is not quite as full of fluff as it has been for the past week, I have managed to remember that I need to post the details of Abby's clinical trial and get it officially going.  It's a simple trial, and should not be much effort for any pups involved.  It will also not affect the pup's long-term fertility, although there will be a weaning-off period in which the pup will not be fertile even after they're not taking the contraceptive pill, just like there'll be a period after they begin taking the pill in which they're still fertile.  A little advance planning should take care of both those situations.

The participants will take a pill once a day at the lab.  Abby will be making the pills for now since there are only ten participants.  Dr. K taught her how to make pills long long ago, and she's using that knowledge to the fullest.  Eventually she may need someone who's skilled with metal to make her a pill press, but that would only be needed if the clinical trial works and she expands the drug's availability to the general island population, and we're definitely not there yet.

Once a week, between, say 9 am and 12pm on Mondays, the participants will supply one sperm sample in an unlabeled cup.  There will be a spot on the lab bench for them to place their samples and Abby will NOT be in the lab during that period, just in case anyone's shy about her knowing which sample is theirs.    She'll analyze the samples and mark down the sperm count and motility but no names will be associated with any samples unless there is a specific aberration of some type.  

Current trial participants are:
Gus Knickel
Bill Weasley
Remus Lupin
Rupert de Worde
Rob Chase
Tim Riggins
Tony DiNozzo
Hunter Novotny-Bruckner

Which means we need 2 more volunteers to reach a statistically meaningful number.  If anyone would like to volunteer, please let me know. 

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but other than that, we have no requirements in terms of age etc.

And if I can't find another three people, I'll consider non-healthy males, too. :P

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The Moonlight Sonata

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from: moonlight69
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Because yeah, Hunter would totally do it, but he's positive.

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Is he healthy, other than being positive? Not in AIDS itself? I don't recall him being, but my brain is still a little fluffy.

In that case, he might be perfectly fine to help if he'd like.

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The Moonlight Sonata

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from: moonlight69
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Nope. He got diagnosed when he was hospitalized for a...kidney infection, I think, but he's completely healthy other than being positive, takes good care of himself, takes his meds and gets lots of exercise.

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Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

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from: abbysciuto
date: Feb. 9th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Then I think he should be fine.

Thank you for being willing to volunteer him. I apppreciate it. :)

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