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Vancouver teenager makes progress in HIV prevention

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver



A 15-year-old high school student has gotten a head start on her scientific career by developing an early-stage HIV infection test.

Simon Fraser University said the test designed by Nicole Ticea is “nearly as simple as a pregnancy test” and could be invaluable in remote parts of the world, particularly Africa.

The development earned Ticea, a student at York House independent school, first place in the B.C. Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada.

Ticea was matched up with SFU researchers after submitting her idea to the SBCC once conceiving it last summer.

The test she developed could potentially analyze a drop of blood to quickly determine if a person is infected with HIV.

She worked on the development on top of her regular schoolwork.






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