California high school student Angela Zhang has won a $100,000 scholarship for her research on improving cancer treatment delivery systems, reports the Associated Press' Jessica Gresko. Zhang, who was competing in the Siemens Foundation's annual high school science competition, created what she calls "a Swiss army knife of cancer treatments." The molecule she designed delivers a drug directly to a tumor cell while sparing surrounding healthy cells, Gresko says. The particle then releases its pharmaceutical cargo when hit with a specialized laser. Six individuals and six teams competed for the top prize, Gresko says. Zhang was the only female individual finalist, and said her research was partly inspired by her great grandfather, who had liver cancer, and her grandfather, who died of lung cancer.
Dec 07, 2011