SAN DIEGO — Aithanh Nguyen is skipping school to attend the American Society of Hematology’s annual meeting, but she has a legit excuse: On Monday, Nguyen was slated to take the podium here to present her research findings about a potential new mechanism for pain in sickle cell disease. The research could one day lead to new drugs to treat the chronic pain that plagues patients with the inherited blood disorder.

The missed classes are at a Connecticut boarding school, where Nguyen is a senior. She’s 17 and the youngest scientist making a presentation at the ASH annual meeting.

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  • Aithanh, we are so proud of you. May God continue opening your heart and mind to reach out to our suffering sisters and brothers.

  • If every young “genius” would achieve just a fraction of what they are flaunted will achieve, there will be no more disease, wars and famine in the world.

    BTW, didn’t Global Blood Therapeutics and Bluebird Bio just made her research outdated? ………… So, mean

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