Iowa High-Schooler Creates a Possibly Life-saving Suture

This Iowa high-schooler designed a life-saving suture and she has been winning awards for doing something very creative.…
Iowa high-schooler

This Iowa high-schooler designed a life-saving suture and she has been winning awards for doing something very creative. Daisy Taylor discovered this scientific breakthrough by looking for ways to solve a medical problem.

She read about sutures that could identify infection by utilizing electricity and then sends the details to a smartphone.

I thought to myself that that was awesome, that was a really great invention, but the people who could really use that technology and really benefit from monitoring certain things that go on in their body during wound healing wouldn’t be able to afford this technology.

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Taylor looked for a way to design a cost-effective suture that depends on PH. She then thought of a solution that involved using sutures infused with beet juice, these sutures change color when it detects an infected wound.

Taylor is now internationally recognized due to her invention. Taylor thought about this idea during a class science project. She realized that when beet juice gets exposed to infection, it changes. This idea provides a solution to the problem of surgical infections that have threatened millions of people every year.

In middle and low-income nations, about 11% of patients who go through surgery have infections. The hope to help people who have these infections encouraged Taylor. This Iowa high-schooler hopes to continue with her career in science. Taylor has now won science awards and made it in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

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