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'Science princess' Jasmine Roberts shines at State Science and Engineering Fair

New Tampa "science princess" Jasmine Roberts took third place at the State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland, besting about 900 other science-savvy students.

She represented Hillsborough County in the medicine and health sciences category. The three-day competition was April 15 to 17 at the Lakeland Center.

Roberts tested mouse brains to answer her question: "Does chronic hyperglycemia have an effect on Alzheimer's Amyloid-B pathology in the brain?"

She examined more than 100 slides of dyed brain tissue trying to find whether diabetes is a risk factor that increases a chemical in the brain that leads to Alzheimer's.

She confirmed her hypothesis, she said, discovering that diabetes is a risk factor.

Next up is the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair from May 10 to 15 in Reno, Nev. That event will feature 1,500 students from more than 50 countries.

'Science princess' Jasmine Roberts shines at State Science and Engineering Fair 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 4:30am]
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