Canadian youth develops new anti-aging compound
May 9, 2012
Janelle Tam, a 16-year-old girl from Ontario, Canada, recently invented an anti-aging compound that also fights disease. She presented her invention, which uses nano-particles found in trees, at the national finals for the 2012 Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada. The compound helped Tam earn the $5,000 first prize at the competition and her discovery may help to improve health as well as slow the process of aging.
Tam's research focused around nano-crystalline cellulose (NCC) particles that are "measured in thousandths of the width of a human hair." The teenage scientist fused these microscopic fibers, which help keep trees upright, with buckminster fullerene nano-particles commonly found in anti-aging beauty products.
"The results were really exciting," Tam said. She has high hopes her creation will open doors for anti-aging products that can have therapeutic and medicinal purposes as well.
Second place winner Rui Song developed a potential method of increasing the nutritional value of lentils. Third prize went to a duo, Alexander Tigert and Zelun (Daniel) Zhang for their work with genetically modified yeast and the testing of depression and anxiety drugs.