Check this out, Dom...
Megan Blewett, the author of the lyme borreliosis supposition, is a teenager! She spoke before the US Congress in June, regarding her research.
I found this link on the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (my 12 year old son is a member, I'll have to print this out for him!)
From the JH site:
Intrigued by the Disease
In 6th grade, Megan got intrigued by multiple sclerosis (MS), the unpredictable and chronic disease that attacks the myelin sheaths surrounding nerves of the brain and spinal cord, causing a myriad of symptoms from muscle weakness, to pain, to problems with coordination and speech. In 8th grade she started mapping the disease's incidence in her home state of New Jersey. Now, at age 18, she's already spent five years performing geostatistical analysis of MS and several other diseases, including ALS, Lyme disease, and breast cancer.
http://www.cogito.org/Interviews/Interv ... ntID=16771
Boy, this put a smile on my face today. I needed it...