I know several Fred Turners. We call them “millenium babies”. Supersmart rugrats under 18 who build incredible things out of household junk, right there in the garage or in the back yard. I’m amazed at the gadgets they come up with. And I say to myself, “I sure hope there isn’t a military application for that!”
Fred, from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, spent a year and £400 building the polymerase chain reaction machine, one component of which was an old video player he found at home. He got the idea after reading about a similar one built by a man in America. Fred describes the device, which would cost £3,000 to buy new, as a 'DNA photocopier'. It amplifies the DNA strands so they can be analysed in a lab.
Fred will now go to Oxford University to study biochemistry