Telomere Study Awarded Fellowship

On June 5, Peter Thiel announced the 2014 class of new Thiel Fellows.  This fourth group of youthful entrepreneurs will receive $100,000 over two years in financial support and mentorship from the Thiel Foundation’s network of innovators, futurists, scientists and tech entrepreneurs.

“For the 2014 Fellowship, the Thiel Foundation received applications from nearly every state in the U.S. and from 44 different countries. The applications represented a diverse pool of educational experiences, coming from young people in high schools, undergraduate and graduate schools, state schools, technical schools and liberal arts colleges, homeschooled students, and some who had already stopped out of college.” –

Thomas Hunt, 17 years old, of Saratoga, California is one of this year’s Fellows. Mr. Hunt spent three years studying Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT), a mechanism that might be responsible indirectly for cancers, at the SENS Research Foundation. He is studying drugs that can reduce ALT activity.

More on the Thiel Foundation:

“The Thiel Foundation defends and promotes freedom in all its dimensions: political, personal, and economic. The Thiel Foundation supports innovative scientific research and new technologies that empower people to improve their lives, champions organizations and individuals who expose human rights abuses and authoritarianism in all its guises, and encourages the exploration of new ideas and new spaces where people can be less reliant on government and where freedom can flourish. For more information, see, and” –
It’s a truly exciting world when the next generation can be rewarded for their analysis and research.  Much luck to Mr. Hunt and all the new Fellows!