A student at the Loveless Academic Magnet Program placed in a science competition in Los Angeles after developing an antibiotic to battle strep throat.
16-year-old Ruchir Rastogi placed third in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in California.
Rastogi was able to develop the new antibiotic with help from the Alabama State University science facilities.
"We don't tend to notice this in the United States, but more than, like, 500,000 people die each year because of strep in developing countries, and so I thought it would be neat to work with bacteria that actually has tangible impact on people to try and do something that could potentially help people and save lives," Rastogi said.
Rastogi will be a senior this fall and says colleges have already contacted him because of the contest.
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