High School Student Extends Genetics Study

February 3, 2019

Following the success of her original genetics study for her Biology Internal Assessment, IB2 student Kameron Young, along with her mentor, Dr. Carika Weldon, will be collecting more data over the next three weeks.

The science duo will be tackling the question: “How does the TAS2R38 gene affect a person’s preference for sugar and sugar intake?”

Kameron, a 17-year-old student in her final year of the International Baccalaureate Diploma at BHS, explained, “Our original study consisted more of females than male participants. This equated to 80 percent female participants compared to 20 percent males. There were also less participants who had Type 2 diabetes.”

Dr. Carika Weldon and Kameron Young

Dr Carika Weldon and Kameron Young Bermuda Feb 2019

The aspiring surgeon further explained that there were less participants aged 16 to 45 as well as participants aged 56 and over. Consequently, it was decided to expand the original study by collecting more data where they hope to attract over 500 participants, with 250 being male.

Kameron, the daughter of Angela Young, is thought to be the first Bermudian high school student to conduct a study of this magnitude.

Bermudian Dr. Carika Weldon, a Scientific Researcher at The University of Oxford in England, shared the importance of conducting such a study as: “We as a community have a shared concern over Diabetes and have realized it is an issue.

“To tackle this problem, its essential that we look at it from every angle. Not only is this study timely, with the implementation of the sugar tax late last year, but the boldness of Kameron to try and tackle this as a high school student is inspiring and has already jolted the next generation of young scientists.”

Members of the public are invited to participate in the study by giving a cheek sample on Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 8, 9, and 16 from 10 am to 6 pm at Planet Math. Appointments can be pre-arranged online at httpc//bit.ly/BookKameronslab.

The team are also looking to come to local businesses on Monday to Thursdays to collect samples. If this option is more suitable and your company is interested, please email kamerons.lab@gmail.com.

The complete findings of this study will be revealed at the science conference hosted by The Bermuda Principles Foundation Fund, a non-profit organization initiative fiscally supported by the Bermuda Community Foundation, where Dr. Weldon is the Executive Director and Founder.

In its third year, this four-day conference will have just under 100 international scientists fly to Bermuda to share their latest research on various diseases such as AIDS, cancer and diabetes.

The conference will take place from February 20 through to February 23 at the Fairmont Southampton. Both Dr. Weldon and Kameron will also share their findings at 11 am on the final day which has been titled: Bermuda Principles Education Day. Admission is free and doors will open at 10:45 am; with the first set of presentations starting from 11am through to 5 pm.

When asked how does she feel about speaking in front of a large group of international scientists, Kameron stated, “I am honored to be working along side Dr. Weldon.This is an exciting opportunity as my knowledge of scientific research has grown tremendously over the past two years. I am also nervous, but I am looking forward to participating on this international stage—with my mentor.”

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  1. Jennifer Lyne says:

    I huge tip of the hat to Dr. Weldon and soon-to-be Dr. Young!!! You both do Bermuda proud and improve our health while you’re at it – congratulations for your amazing accomplishments!!

  2. Dee says:

    Fantastic and congrats!!