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Teen's Tech Discovery Takes Aim at HIV

Supercomputers are the newest weapon against HIV, a disease that has claimed more than six million lives. Technologists and scientists have put their heads together and are using various methods, including crowdsourcing, to map and identify the makeup of diseased cells.The idea is that, by monitoring the activity of these cells, predictions about the best mode of treatment can be made. On the frontlines of this fight is Armand Bilge, a tech savvy teen from Lexington, MA, who used NSF technology to create a digital evolutionary tree including 400 strains of HIV. The tree confirmed scientists’ suspicion that a single instance of HIV transmission in Haiti in the mid-twentieth century was the catalyst in the human transmission of the disease. Bilge’s biotech efforts earned him First Place in Biology in the 2012 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair.

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