Teen uncovers new weapons to stop Huntington’s disease

Intel Science Talent Search finalist David Seong studied tiny pieces of DNA that might fight inherited disease

By Bethany Brookshire, 14:55 PM March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – David Seong, 18, has always been fascinated by the brain. “I like the body,” he says, “but I really thought the brain was the most complex part.” But that interest in the brain really took off during an internship last summer, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. His mentor, Jong-Min Lee, was focusing on Huntington’s disease. Before long, David was too. This inherited brain disorder creates rogue proteins that can eventually destroy the mind and body. But the senior...

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