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MA State High School Science Fair Standouts Compete in BioGENEius Challenge

Two high school students who entered outstanding projects into this year's Massachusetts State High School Science & Enginnering Fair (May 3-5 at MIT) will compete in this weekend's BioGENEius Challenge in Boston.  According to Suzanne Grillo of MassBioEd -- a local partner of the BioGENEius Challenge, "The BioGENEius Challenge is the premier competition for high school students inspired to excel in the field of biotechnology." Rahi Punjabi, a sophomore at Marlborough's Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, will showcase his project, "The Role of Garlic in Attenuating Pseudomonas Infection."  He discovered that a therapy combining garlic with tobramycin could benefit patients with cystic fibrosis. Oliver Dodd, a senior at Needham High School will compete in the BioGENEius Challenge with his project called "Cancer Growth Regulators."  Oliver studied how the release of naturally occurring proteins in platelets may be manipulated to starve tumors. Rahi and Oliver will be among 37 students from 11 states competing at the BIO Convention on Sunday (6/17).  If they advance from the first round of judging, the international competition awaits on Monday, June 18th.  Good luck to both of these amazing young scientists! See on

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