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Dasia Taylor: Black Scientist Who Invented Dye For Sutures To Detect Infection

Top of graphic has the name "Dasia Taylor"  Below the name is a picture of Black scientist and inventor Dasia Taylor.  She is wearing a white lab coat with a black graphic tshirt.  She is wearing glasses.  Next to her photo is the text, "Dasia Taylor is a black scientist and inventor. In 2019 at the age of 15, she developed surgical sutures that change color to indicate to reveal if a wound is healing properly "

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Scientist and inventor Dasia Taylor was born on April 6, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. Taylor graduated from Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, in 2021. 

In 2019, at age fifteen, Taylor conducted an experiment with beets. She discovered that dye from beets applied to surgical sutures would change color at a perfect pH point, revealing if a wound was healing properly. When healing correctly, the suture thread (containing beet juice) would change from bright red to dark purple. Cesarean infections were of particular concern for Taylor. In some African nations, as much as 20 percent of women giving birth by c-section experience surgical site infections. 

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Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Jr:  Trailblazing Mathematician And Physicist

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Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Jr. (1923-2011) was a renowned African American mathematician and physicist. He worked at the University of Chicago on the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan Project was a scientific research and development initiative to support nuclear weapons production. It was a partnership between the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In solidarity with 70 other Manhattan Project scientists, Wilkins signed Leo Szilard’s petition to President Truman. This petition sought to alert President Truman and the U.S. government of the harm that could be done by deploying the atomic bomb. However, the President nor the Secretary of War received the petition before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Wilkins, along with many other scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, was interested in how the use of atomic energy might be applied peacefully. 

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Earlier today we asked our Black Mail readers how many African American astronauts have flown space missions with NASA. The answer is 15! 4 women and 11 men!

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