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The data from the experiment with Ronda and Ragnar (our planaria), and the data from

the class, did not support the hypothesis that, if the planarian is split in half, than the two sides
will grow back at the same rate because stem cells are evenly spread throughout the body and
will regenerate damaged parts wherever they are. The data showed that there is a
concentration of stem cells in the tail sections because, according to the class data for cut 3, the
tail sections grew enough to create eye spots in the same amount of time as cuts 1 and 2. The
tail sections had to grow more to create eye spots because they are furthest away from where
the head should be, and because they grew more than cuts 1 and 2 (enough to grow eyespots)
in the same amount of time, the regeneration rate for the tail section is faster than the middle or
head section, showing that there must be more stem cells in the tails of planaria, proving a null
hypothesis that there would be a concentration of stem cells in one part of the body.

The most major source for error is that, in this experiment, there was a weak method of
collecting data. The only method that was used to measure growth was if the planaria had
grown eyespots or not and if the planaria had started moving or not on any given day. Its
impossible to say if the head grew as fast as the tail because the only measurement we took
was if it grew eye spots and the head sections already had eyespots. If it was possible for us to
measure the length of the planaria we would have been able to see if the head section grew as
fast as the tail section and we could see if there was also stem cells in the head. Other sources
of error are, accidentally missing ones cut sight, differences in the nourishment of the worms,
and some observers with better eye sight seeing eye spots when other observers didnt,
affecting the data.

This research is very interesting and important to real world situations. Of course
studying worms doesn't seem very important or impactful, however this topic of regeneration
can be applied to human medical research. The cells that enable the planaria to regenerate are
stem cells and studying these worms can help us understand how stem cells work and where
they are located. If any medical breakthroughs happen regarding stem cells because of planaria
research, humans could possibly be able to regrow limbs or 3D print major organs.