Teenager builds DNA test kit

A teenager from Brighouse has been named the UK Young Engineer of the Year. Fred Turner has built his own DNA testing machine to work out why his brother has ginger hair and he does not.

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Young engineer overwhelmed at award

Fred Turner was chosen to show off his home-made genetics testing machine for judges at the Young Engineer of the Year awards in London. The equipment, known as a Polymerase Chain Reaction machine, carries out basic DNA tests. Fred was filmed talking about his project before judging took place:

The Crossley Heath School student's work was described as outstanding by one of the celebrity judges. After winning, Fred himself said "This is amazing. It's brilliant to be recognised by such an impressive panel of judges. I plan to go into industrial research when I graduate."

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