Young Canadian develops heart cell model

Karan Babbarwal has a dish full of cells that he thinks can be used to test drugs, develop personalized medicines, and better understand the human heart. The Grade 10 student, who grew up in Saskatoon, now attends the Kentucky Junior Academy of Science in Louisville. Using a computer program, a polymer made in the lab, and real human cells, he constructed a cell model of the heart’s endothelium, the thin layer of cells on the inside of the heart muscle. He presented his project at the American Junior Academy of Sciences poster session at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)¬†annual meeting in Boston in February 2013.

The science fair was noisy, so turn on closed captions to see a transcript of Karan’s interview.

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