The Effect of Magnetic Fields on the Mitosis of Planaria
Ariana Jessa, Margaret Ovenell
Stratford Hall
Floor Location : J 062 H

The purpose of this investigation is to inhibit the mitosis of planaria using different types of magnetic fields. This experiment is very applicable to the real world as it can be used for disease control and prevention, through relatively simple and affordable technology. Through the use of magnetic fields, this investigation focuses on the one primal trait that all mitotic cells have in common: in order to survive they must reproduce. To perform mitosis cells must line up to polar north and south just like a magnet. Therefore if a stable magnetic field is applied, there will be little or no change in the speed or ability to perform mitosis. However, if a rotating magnetic field was applied to the cells they would not be able to adjust and complete mitosis before each rotation of the magnetic north and south poles. The method entails cutting the planaria into two and monitoring the regeneration of the planaria in a control petri dish, two petri dishes on stable magnetic fields, and two petri dishes on rotating magnetic fields. Similar experiments have been tested through monitoring the effect of electromagnetic fields on tumour growth, however this is an original project in the sense that we are investigating the effect of rotating magnetic fields on whole organism regeneration. The complete results of this project will be presented at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair.