Hey there. So, this is cross posted from the experiments.com site. It has been slightly altered, but I figured everyone should have this little bit of info. It’s pretty cool 🙂
First though, a little bit of bad news. We lost one of our test subjects in the last week :/ Subject C dropped out. We’re bummed, but still feeling positive about the project. Luckily, we were up one from our original protocol, so we are still well within parameters.
So, what is the exciting news? As you may remember, I mentioned the Farnsworth-Munsell test during the last update (backers have been getting weekly updates with data. Join now! Be the first kid on your block! One payment… ugh whatever. Support us if you can. Enjoy our science’y goodness regardless if you can’t).
This is a very simple but accurate test that any of you can try yourselves; it’s a very standard test that measures colour acuity. Check out this latest data!
The higher the score on the test, the more difficult it is for the subject to discern between colours. As you can see, everyone has been scoring higher over the last month. Weird as it sounds, we are all really excited that everyone’s vision seems to be failing. This would be concerning if it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for at this point in the protocol. We believe that the reduction in vision means that the rhopsodin content in the eye is being reduced. This makes sense, as we have been very strict with removing the precursor, our friend, Vitamin A1. Since the some of the test subjects started out with slightly higher scores, the greater jump in vision failure is not significant at this point. Control seems to be doing fairly well, but normalized against previous readings, the change in vision is equivalent.
The key point is that each subject, including the control, is experiencing the reduction of vision ability. In another month, we will be supplementing with the Vitamin A2. The significant removal of A1 will increase and ease the A2 uptake, meaning that we should be getting results for our study fairly soon after then.
In other news, the new electrodes for the eyes (DTL threads) have arrived to all the subjects and we will be updating with the new and improved ERG readings by next week.
Things are really looking up! Sorry, I love puns. Let us know what you think of the latest developments and you can always asks for more information or clarifications.