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A Chance for Herbal Relaxation

Coming up with an idea for my college biology thesis was difficult, because I felt that everything had already been done before. While the field of biology is so wide that there are an endless supply of topics to choose from, it seems to me that some are more viable than others for a thesis, and the best ones have been done over and over by students in a situation like myself. This is what I thought until I learned about kratom, which comes from a plant native to Asia. I wanted to learn more about this plant and how it could be beneficial to humans.

Using a human for my thesis would have been a little too radical, so I had to think on a smaller scale. Laboratory mice are the perfect test subject because they have similarities to human DNA, while being easy to observe for changes in their body. There are also a lot of them, so if anything goes wrong, it’s pretty easy to get your hands on another one and test again.…

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