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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.

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Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.