Simon Meehan, 15 years old, of Coláiste Choilm, Ireland recently won first place in the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition after discovering that “chemicals found within blackberries could form antibiotics”1 capable of killing Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) a bacteria well known for being resistant to antibiotics.
And get this: he says his herbalist grandfather was the inspiration that kept him going (he even kept a framed picture next to him while we worked)!
The wise youngster said, “I feel, without disrespecting the scientific community too much, that there should be some conclusions from this. We are over-thinking science in too many ways.”
We totally agree with you, Simon!
Congratulations young man. Again, we agree that the scientific community tends to overthink too much. Our bodies and nature have an amazing ability to remain in perfect harmony if we set them up for success.