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A 16-Year-Old Girl Wins the Google Science Fair With This Impressive Project

A 16-Year-Old Girl Wins the Google Science Fair With This Impressive Project

16-year-old Olivia Hallisey from Connecticut won the Google Science Fair with an incredible project that could potentially detect the deadly Ebola virus in under 30 minutes.

She was awarded with $50,000 in scholarship funding by Google for winning the fair.

According to Women in the World, Hallisey's test is fast, cheap and doesn’t require any refrigeration, unlike current tests.

"Current Ebola detection methods are complex, expensive, require unbroken refrigeration from manufacture to use and up to 12 hours from testing to confirmed diagnosis," she wrote in her project description, according to Women in the World.

"The [test] provides rapid, inexpensive, accurate detection of Ebola viral antigens based on color change within 30 minutes in individuals prior to their becoming symptomatic and infectious."

So far, her test has only proven to be able to detect a protein from the Ebola virus.

It has yet to be tested on patients or the actual virus.

Women in the World reports that if her invention works, it could help with early detection and save lives.

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