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Paul Mitalipov, 17, assisted his father and another researcher with an essay on correcting mutations in human genes to prevent disease

OHSU PHOTO - Paul Mitalipov, left, and his father, Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov, teamed up to author an editorial piece on human gene editing that was published June 3 in the scientific journal Nature Medicine.He hasn't even graduated high school yet, but Paul Mitalipov has already co-authored an editorial on gene editing in a major scientific journal.

Mitalipov, 17, will graduate from Aloha High School on June 8, serving as valedictorian before he goes on to Stanford University. That's an accomplishment on its own, but the high schooler also stands out for being tapped to help write portions of an opinion piece on the use of gene-repair tools to prevent genetic diseases. The piece, titled, "Principles of and strategies for germline gene therapy," was published in "Nature Medicine," a scientific journal.

The teen assisted his father, Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov, who directs Oregon Health & Science University's Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy. Dr. Mitalipov published groundbreaking research in 2017 and garnered worldwide attention for his studies about the use of a gene-editing technique to prevent inherited diseases in embryos.

Following his discovery, he was named one of TIME Magazine's most influential people in health care in 2018.

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