A team of 8th grade students from St. Louis will soon be off to Washington, D.C., to receive an award for science achievement. Four students from John Burroughs School in St. Louis entered a national science competition, developing an idea to improve the lives of sufferers of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The invention is an implanted pump delivering medication designed to let the body regenerate nerve cells so motor neurons can function and permit the patient to use his or her limbs. The idea followed a visit from a former student suffering from A.L.S, and it earned the team second place and a trip to the nation’s capital. In addition to the trip, each of the team members will receive a $5,000 savings bond.
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