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CSB Student Wins 2016 European DNA Day Essay Contest

Maria Sasaki, a Grade 11 student at the Cambridge School of Bucharest (CSB) in Romania, was recently awarded first place in the “2016 European DNA Essay Contest,” which is sponsored by The European Society of Human Genetics as a means to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on the importance and social implications of genetic research and its applications. (http://bit.ly/27GvWfE)

Maria’s essay on genetic testing won first place among 189 submissions from students studying in 19 European countries. In her essay, Maria addressed a present-day topic by writing about Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder with no cure. Patients who suffer from this neurodegenerative disorder display jerky movements which are uncontrollable and eventually lead to death.  In her essay, Maria defends the concept of genetic testing in young children as a means to detect the disease early and diminish the patient’s risk of developing psychological issues. She concludes her essay with, “Due to the inherent instability of the Huntington gene, the lack of negative psychological effects, and the nature of the disease’s heredity, genetic testing on minors should be allowed.”

First, second, and third place will be announced in front of more than 3,000 international scientists and doctors at the European Human Genetics Conference in Barcelona on May 24, 2016.

Cambridge School of Bucharest is a member of the global SABIS® Network. For more information on CSB, visit cambridgeschool.ro. For more information on the DNA Day essay contest 2016, visit dnaday.eu/winners2016.0.html

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