Young Suncoast scientist named as one of Time Magazine's '30 under 30'

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Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:35 pm | Updated: 10:43 am, Wed Jan 1, 2014.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. - When the clock strikes midnight Tuesday to ring in 2014, 19-year-old Brittany Wenger will reflect on a very good 2013.

Over the last year, the young lady from Lakewood Ranch has met with President Obama, been named as one of the top ten teenage females to change the world on buzzfeed.com, and is now being recognized by Time magazine.

"It's amazing to think those people believe in my research," said Wenger, who won the 2012 Google Science Fair.

Wenger is on the list of Time's 30 under 30. The article features 30 individuals from around the globe, who are under 30-years-old, trying to improve the world.

"I was just kind of shocked that I made the list and really excited," said Wenger.

Wenger's invention allows doctors to diagnose breast cancer and leukemia through a computer program. The program is currently being tested in hospitals in Philadelphia and Italy.

"I can't believe the things she had already accomplished, and she's only 19," said Jeff Wenger, Brittany's father.

2014 is likely going to be a good year for her as well. She will be traveling to London and Russia to speak about her invention. She is currently in her freshman year at Duke.

The Time magazine article can be found here:

http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/06/these-are-the-30-people-under-30-changing-the-world/slide/britney-wenger/

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