Google Prize Awarded to Teen Inventor of a $25 Ebola Detection Test
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Olivia Hallisey is a student at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut, who was recently awarded $50,000 in scholarship funds at the 2015 Google Science Fair for her innovative invention—an inexpensive method of detecting Ebola.
The Ebola Detection Test
Hallisey’s Ebola detection test determines whether a person has been infected with the disease within 30 minutes. It costs a total of $25 and can be stored and transported virtually anywhere.
After learning about more than 10,000 people who died from the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Hallisey decided to dedicate her science project to finding a way to detect the disease. And with the help of her science research teacher, she set out to do so.
The junior high school student spent time researching detection methods for other disease, such as HIV and Lyme disease until she finally found an accurate method of detecting Ebola, landing her this year’s Google prize.
The Google Science Fair is open to students across most countries between the ages of 13 and 18.
Source: Huffington Post