A 17-year-old Indian-American teen won the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition this year

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sponsored by the medical company Regeneron in association with the Society for Science and the Public, for her research on preventing death of neurons due to brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases. More that 1,700 students took part in the contest. Indrani is a senior at the Academy for Medical Science Technology in Hackensack, N.J.  “Talent is a wonderful thing. And you must have had a lot of it,” Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, told the finalists at a gala award ceremony. Society for Science & the Public created the annual Science Talent Search in 1942. Open to U.S. high school seniors, this competition brings 40 finalists to Washington, D.C., each year to show off their research. Indrani hopes that her research will help scientists to fight brain injury and disease. The teen is an EMT, or emergency medical technician.

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