Pictured from left are Southeast Minnesota - Western Wisconsin Science Fair Director Paul Schollmeier, Carlyn Frie and C-FC chemistry and physics teacher Sol Simon.
Cochrane-Fountain City (C-FC) High School senior Carlyn Frie won the Western Wisconsin - SE Minnesota Regional Science Fair Finalist award on Friday, February 22.
Frie collected deer ticks from 68 deer carcasses shot in Buffalo County and used molecular biology techniques to test for the presence of Borrelia bacteria DNA in the ticks. Borrelia is the bacterium that causes Lyme’s disease. Frie found that 48 percent of the samples tested positive for Borrelia. This is significantly greater than a 20-percent positive rate from a similar study conducted 10 years ago.
Frie was also awarded the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society award and the Bartlett Foster award at the fair. She will advance on to the International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in Phoenix, Ariz., in May. Her project will compete against 1,500 other projects from around the world.