Dasia Taylor, a 17-year-old student attending Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, recently invented a suture thread that changes colors to help doctors and patients detect when surgical wounds become infected. The key ingredient for Taylor's innovative approach is beet-juice dye that she applied to suture threads. She developed this idea for a science fair project that she undertook as part of her high school chemistry class. Taylor is in the process of conducting additional research on suture threads to help alleviate high Cesarean infection rates among women in African nations and is interested in finding creative ways to apply this work toward establishing more equity on a variety of global health issues. “I've done a lot of racial equity work in my community, I've been a guest speaker at several conferences,” says Taylor. “So when I was presented with this opportunity to do research, I couldn't help but go at it with an equity lens.”

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