Make the Pill fit the Ill
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Sofia Tomov
Knoxville, Tennessee
2016 Finalist
homeschool
8440 Mecklenburg Ct
Knoxville, TN 37923
7th grade | 13 years old
Meet Sofia. Sofia believes her invention can help limit negative side effects from prescription medications. By using fast computing methods to detect mutations that would cause a person to suffer from side effects of their medication, Sofia hopes she can help improve the health of humans all over the world through safer prescriptions.
Why did you enter the Young Scientist Challenge?
I entered the Young Scientist Challenge for the opportunity to share my research on the problem of variable responses to drugs, and for the possibility of winning a mentorship with a 3M scientist.
What is your favorite invention of the last 100 years, and why?
My favorite invention of the last 100 years is PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, a tool used to focus in on a segment of DNA and copy it billions of times over. PCR was invented by Kary Mullis in 1985, and has broad applications for improving disease diagnosis and solving crimes.
In 15 years I hope to be...
a postdoctoral researcher in quantum computing.

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Sofia's favorite invention of the last 100 years is PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, a tool used to focus in on a segment of DNA and copy it a billions times over. PCR was invented by Kary Mullis in 1985, and has broad applications for improving disease diagnosis and solving crimes.
Sofia Tomov