A high school senior's research paper on Lyme disease is getting national recognition for proposing a method of early detection that cuts diagnosis time from a month to mere minutes.
"We're going to develop a new diagnostic test so that we can detect it earlier and more accurately," said Temple Douglas, 18, of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria.
Douglas was recently named one of 40 finalists nationwide in the Intel Science Talent Search, an annual contest sponsored by Intel that scouts for research conducted by high school seniors in science, health and technology.
She received a $5,000 scholarship for the ranking, a laptop and a chance to compete in March in Washington for a $100,000 scholarship.
Douglas said her research was inspired by three relatives' struggles with Lyme disease.
"My sister and brother had joint pain, but my mom had more severe symptoms," she said.