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Vishnu Dontu and Sahil Sood win Conrad Challenge Award

December 2022
Vishnu Dontu and Sahil Sood win Conrad Challenge Award Vishnu Dontu and Sahil Sood, along with Brian Yoo, have won the Conrad Challenge Award, a global STEM competition for high school students honoring Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad. For the challenge, these three seniors at Lambert High School showcased their two-year project, TobacCine, which uses tobacco plants rather than eggs as bioreactors to grow vaccines. According to them, the use of tobacco plants is more efficient, cost-effective, and has an overall higher success rate. It also dodges the problem of allergies for people who can’t take a vaccine that was produced using eggs.
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