12-year-old 7th grader from Marietta, Georgia, discovered cancer-fighting chemicals in green tea through his research project that was originally focused on malaria virus.
The boy, Stephen Litt, has reportedly been conducting experiments since he was in 1st grade. His science project became more complex over the years and eventually grabbed national attention when it won the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair award.
The young scientist has made a fresh discovery in the course of his experiments. He is said to have found proof that chemicals in green tea have the potential to fight cancer.
He reportedly tested epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant in green tea, to determine whether it could prevent breast cancer tumors in planaria, a type of flatworms.
The latest discovery has put Litt in the limelight as senior scientists now want to meet him. Some are considering the possibility of partnering with the boy on his groundbreaking research project.
As a result of his extraordinary achievement, Litt recently received an invitation to go on a private tour of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University.
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