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Boston Latin freshman wins international science fair

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BOSTON (WHDH) - He might just be a freshman at Boston Latin High School but Nathan Han is wowing scientists from around the world with a computer program he developed.

“I write my own machine-learning algorithm to teach the computer to score the harmfulness of new or unknown mutations in a person’s DNA,” he said.

In other words his program will let your doctor know if you will develop cancer in the future and it’s 81-percent accurate.

“It's actually really good compared to other existing systems for something like this,” Nathan said.

For his life-saving work, Nathan won the Grand Prize at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles and $75,000.   

Nathan’s teachers are very proud of the work the 15-year-old has done.

“It's the best he can do in the science fair, and we're thrilled,” Kathleen Bateman said.

Nathan is available to be a research assistant this summer.
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