A summer research study carried out by a teenage Canadian
high school student has unearthed a link between stunted brain development and the consumption of popular food additive MSG.
Grade 11 student Michelle Ah-Seng was selected along with 22
other high school students to take part in the summer research program at the University of Calgary. Ah-Seng, who studies Grade 12
at Cochrane high school, injected the brain cells of fresh water snails with
Neuroscientist Naweed Syed, who supervised the study, said
the discovery was exciting. "This is the first unequivocal evidence, to my
knowledge, that MSG has direct effect on neuronal ability," Syed said.
"The stuff she has done (in six weeks), I would call it equivalent to a
Ah-Seng plans to continue her research in Grade 12 as well.