Nathan Han, a 9th grade Boston Latin School student was named one of the 15 finalists for the BioGENEius Challenge, premier competition for high school students – from across the world – that recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. He will now head to San Diego to compete in the International BioGENEIUS Challenge at the 2014 BIO International Convention. The BioGENEius Challenge is one of the few international competitions to host participants at a leading industry conference. This unparalleled access to leading companies, scientists and innovators in biotechnology provides student participants with unbound inspiration and first-hand experience on what a dynamic future career in the industry can encompass. The BioGENEius Challenge highlights exemplary student research to encourage today’s youth to consider education and careers in biotechnology.
Nathan’s project entitled “Characteristics of Deleterious Mutations in Tumor Supressor Genes,” focuses on the BRCA1 gene, which is thought to be involved in breast as well as other types of cancer.
Nathan will be in the running to win the first place cash prize of $7,500 while in San Diego.
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