Written by Jeff Mackey
At the Los Angeles County Science Fair, PETA presented its
first Special Award for Humane Science—along with a $500 cash prize—to Palos
Verdes Peninsula High School senior Shu Hee "Sophie" Kim for her mathematical model that accurately predicts the growth of breast cancer
cells in patients after they receive radiotherapy treatments. Sophie's project
has also been selected to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering
Fair (Intel ISEF) next month.
Here's Sophie and her award-winning project
When compared with results from in vitro tests using human tissue, Sophie's model—which she
developed working with a mathematics professor at the University of California–Irvine—accurately
predicted outcomes, which may help doctors better anticipate the effectiveness
of treatments for breast cancer and other forms of cancer.
This award is part of PETA's work to promote humane and
progressive non-animal research. In 2010, after discussions with PETA, the
Intel ISEF—of which the Los Angeles fair is a satellite event—adopted a policy that "strongly endorses the use of non-animal research methods and
encourages students to use alternatives to animal research."
Animal-based breast cancer research typically involves
injecting animals with chemicals or cancer cells and forcing them to endure the
growth of painful tumors until they die or are killed. These cruel studies have
still not identified a cure for the disease, in part because, as National
Breast Cancer Coalition founder Fran Visco has stated, "[a]nimals don't
reflect the reality of cancer in humans."
If you want to donate to the fight against breast cancer,
make sure you're giving to organizations
that won't waste your money on shabby and cruel
experiments on animals.
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