The Boston Globe reports that 17 year-old Arjun Ramamurti became so fascinated with the evolutionary path of the African guenon monkey that he set out to distill their ancestry. Every day Ramamurti would come home from class and download the genetic code of sub-Saharan monkeys and compare and contrast their characteristics. After isolating 11,500 base pairs of DNA and dividing their physical characteristics into 11 categories, Ramamurti was able to posit an evolutionary path for the species that is more advanced than anything previously considered. Last week, his dedication to the subject paid off. Ramamurti was named the...
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