A 17-Year-Old Created A Potentially Life-Saving Sutures Concept To Prevent Post-Surgery Deaths

  • Written by Ashlee Banks
  • Published on 23rd July 2021
    Seventeen-year-old Dasia Taylor was named one of 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. (Courtesy of Society for Science)
  • A 17-year-old Iowa scientist has invented color changing stitches which can detect infection at the site of surgical incisions. Dasia Taylor’s development is groundbreaking and could prevent illness and death caused by surgery-related infections. 
  • Taylor, who graduated from Iowa City West High School in June, said she has been working on this development since her junior year of high school, AfroTech reported.
  • Her chemistry honors teacher Carolyn Walling helped her cultivate the idea one day after school, while discussing what the teen would do for the school’s upcoming science fair.  
  • “I read an article about how these scientists created these stitches that involved this really fancy technology that I perceived to be inequitable to those that would actually be able to need this technology. I said, hey, I can do it better. I can do it more equitable,” Taylor recalled during an interview with PBS.


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