To have more women scientists, get them while they're young

ASTANA. July 28. KAZINFORM To encourage more women to pursue careers in science, engage them while they're young, says molecular biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff.

"When girls do science as kids, they can maintain interest," she says.

Villa-Komaroff fell in love with science in high school, when she attended a National Science Foundation Summer Science Training Program at Texas College in Tyler, Texas. She went on to earn a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - only the third Mexican-American woman to do so, the press service of the US Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan said.

Today, Villa-Komaroff is the chief scientific officer at a company whose machinery will sort cells and purify them so they won't be rejected by the body's immune system, as is often the case in bone marrow transplants.

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