Compassion proved many times to be the motor that powers the most brilliant inventions of humankind. This is also the case of a high school student from Ottawa. After meeting a cancer survivor, he felt the desire to end the pain inflicted by the ruthless disease. His name is Bhavya Mohan, a 16-year-old, grade 10 student from Ottawa. In his journey to finding a cure, he discovered a way to increase the organisms’ potential for fighting the disease by natural means.
He named his project “Taking ABiTE out of Cancer: A Novel Aptamer-based BiTE for Cancer Immunotherapy,” regarded as a natural option to immunotherapies, as stated by the organizers of Canada-Wide Science Fair 2019 in Fredericton.
“Find a passion and keep reading…”
Mohan’s piece of advice for other young scientists was to follow their passion, while continuously improving with the help of books. On Friday morning, during an interview, he also thanked his family for being his support. He affirmed that he didn’t expect to win the top prize, calling it a “surreal” event.
The Nation’s Most “Inspiring And Ingenious” Project
CWSF 2019 featured 409 projects at the campus of the University of New Brunswick. The projects arrived from all provinces and territories, where 34 were from first nations, Métis or Inuit communities. They addressed various topics, from social justice to indigenous studies.
The organizers of the contest Canada-Wide Science Fair 2019 in Fredericton stated that his invention could represent a less expensive option to existent immunotherapies, that “will improve the human body’s ability to naturally detect and eliminate cancerous cells.” On Thursday, Mohan won the prize for the nation’s most “inspiring and ingenious” project.
The Other Winners
The other students taking top honors at CWSF Fredericton 2019 were Islay Graham, a 13-year-old from Bluewater, Ontario and Manning Whitby from Toronto. Islay’s project concerned the endangered Great Lakes Piping Plover, while Manning Whitby from Toronto succeeded to provide a wearable aid that helps blind and visually impaired individuals with a higher spatial perception through tactile feedback.
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