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17-Year-Old Dasia Taylor Receives Recognition For Developing Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infection

Meet a future life-saving surgeon in the making! According to The Gazette, 17-year-old Dasia Taylor has been named a Regeneron Science Talent Scholar after her development of color-changing sutures to detect infection. A senior at Iowa City West High School, Taylor has often dreamt about becoming a surgeon. A few years ago, she was gifted a suture kit for Christmas which sparked her interest in learning how to make them more effective. As her first science research opportunity outside of her traditional classes, Taylor made the decision to develop sutures that would change colors when a patient’s pH levels altered, in turn making it easier to point out an infection. After conducting research for a year and focusing on the suitable material for the stitches along with learning how to work in a sterile environment to test bacteria, Taylor entered her project into the 80th annual Regeneron Science Talent Search. Out of the 1,760 students who applied, Taylor was named among the top 300...

Feb 11, 2021