“Tetrahymena” is a big, fancy word, and not a common one. It’s a scientific term that refers to a single-cell organism that mimics a real living human cell. Seniors and juniors in an advanced biology class at Bishop Loughlin Memorial H.S., Fort Greene, created tetrahymenas in a lab in order to test the effects of vaping on cells.
The danger of vaping is real. According to a Sept. 19 weekly report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people with a deadly vaping-related lung disease rose to 530 from 380 the week before (38 states and one U.S. territory report numbers). Officials have said half of those patients are under 25 years old and 16 percent are younger than 18. Nine deaths have been reported.