Disease Detectives

This year's top young scientists faced medical challenges in labs at the National Institutes of Health.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM November 6, 2006

Anytown, U.S.A., has a serious problem. One of its residents is very sick. Doctors suspect avian influenza. The disease, also called bird flu, can be devastating.

"If we do nothing," says Taylor Jones, the freckle-faced mayor of Anytown, "most likely, 70 percent of people in this town will die."

In a lab at the National Institutes of Health, student scientists Jack Grundy (left) and Erin Edwards tackle a make-believe avian-flu epidemic at this year's Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.

In a lab at the National Institutes of Health, student scientists Jack Grundy (left) and Erin Edwards tackle a make-believe avian-flu epidemic at this year's Discovery Channel Young Scientist Chal...

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