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Alex Misiaszek, an eighth-grader at Nysmith School for the Gifted, is collaborating with a research team in Baltimore to create an organism inside the human body that produces a cancer-killing molecule. The student will spend his free time researching and developing his hypotheses with professional scientists. Misiaszek says his motivations is simply “to help people.”
“Cancer is a horrible disease. We’ve all lost family member and friends to it,” he said. “Finding a cure for cancer has always been a fascination for me and I’m really glad I get to pursue it.”
Misiaszek said his ground breaking idea came in part from a science project he did last year.
“I took the DNA from a coral cell that made it red and then I put it into an E. Coli cell to prove that if you took DNA from one organism and put it into a foreign one, the foreign organism will pass that trait onto its offspring,” he explained.