Gold medal winning students arrive home

A group of students from a senior high school in Serpong, Tangerang arrived home on Saturday after winning gold medals at the 17th International Conference of Young Scientists (ICYS) in Bali.

During the research project competition which was participated by hundreds of senior high school students from 13 countries, Indonesia was represented by two teams of Santa Laurensia senior high school in Serpong.
The first team, comprising Florencia Vanya Vaniara and Evelyin Lee Wibowo presented their research titled “Study on the Effectiveness of Embryonic Cell from Chicken (psychotria rostrata) Egg & Mangosteen (garcinia mangostana) Peel Extract in Suppressing the Growth of Abnormal Cell Using in Vitro Culture”.

In their research, the students discovered that stem cell on chicken can control the growth of abnormal cell on cancer and the use of mangosteen peel extract that contains antioxidant can suppress the growth of abnormal cell.

“We hope the research can be used as an initial reference to find a method to cure cancer,” Florencia said upon arrival at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

The second team, comprising Andreas Widy Purnomo and Aldo Vitus Wirawan, won a gold medal for designing a hydro power generator using a vertical turbine.

“This system suits rivers with slow current,” Andreas said.