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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Teen helps scientists study her own rare disease

Elana Simon, 18, of New York, pictured in a laboratory at The Rockefeller University in New York. Elana survived a rare liver cancer and spearheaded a study, published Thursday in the journal Science, that led a team of researchers to find a gene flaw involved with the disease.