Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Missouri Middle-Schooler Whips The FDA

The Wikipedia entry for Seneca, Missouri (pop.2,135) has no mention of Taylor Gaines or Bisphenol A, but before this all shakes out it just might. Gaines, a precocious 13 year-old native of the town, just kicked the Food and Drug Administration in the nuts after showing in a Middle School Science fair that BPA, the controversial chemical banned in Canada, Target and Walmart, causes deformities in planarian worms.

She's a star, a bright young scientist and a social activist, even if she doesn't realize it. For her science project, she gets a whole sheet of stickers and extra credit. Somebody get her a scholarship before Dow Chemical buys her off.