And a child shall lead them

Holy Cow!

Did 17 year old Candace Turner open a door for Congenital Heart Defect research?

You really got to wonder: Here’s Candace, a 17 year old high school student participating in a “science boot camp.” All science, all the time; from what I understand. They pour it on you for eight weeks. She was studying the DNA of children with Congenital Heart Defects, looking for mismatches – better known as mutations – when lo and behold, she found one.

That’s amazing – scientists with years of experience have been studying CHDers for years, trying to figure out what causes heart defects. And suddenly a high school student finds a possible cause. Talk about letting a fresh set of eyes look at the problem!

But then she found another… and another… and when she had finished, Candace had found four separate mutations that might contribute to the development of heart defects.

The Boot Camp is now over, and her research has been turned over to other researchers, who study Heart Defects full time. They think she’s really on to something!

With this discovery, Candace could write her own scholarship to any major college in the United States. And she’s decided to become a doctor!

You go, girl!

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