This college freshman is a cancer detective: A Q&A with Brittany Wenger

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When Brittany Wenger was a sophomore in high school, her cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer. She saw firsthand how the disease strikes a woman and her family, and she wanted to help. While some of us might offer to bake a casserole or lend a listening ear, Brittany went the extra mile: She created a breast cancer test that could someday help millions of women catch the disease early.

Brittany, now a freshman at Duke, is an enthusiastic, articulate young woman who is so well versed in the science she studies that it can be tough to follow her rapid technical explanations. She may still be a teenager, but she’s been conducting impressive research for years. As early as the seventh grade, Wenger was experimenting with advanced computer science and artificial intelligence programs. (She of course taught herself to code.)

From those early experiments, Wenger has gone on to…

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