16-year-old Serena Fasano, a junior at Glenelg High School, has discovered a protein in yogurt that has the potential to fight E. coli.
Fasano worked on the research project for three years at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine.
Her father, director of the Mucosal Biology Research Center, provided her with specimend of E. coli, which she added to varying amounts of yogurt, which contain lactobacillus.
Fasano has been awarded a patent for the protein, which has yet to be named.