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2013.0218

New York Times- Taiwan Research In the Lead

 Facing the pressure of tests and environment, some students could grow under the pressure and have better accomplishment while other students fail. What were the reasons for this situation? New York Times published a report on the 6th of February stating that, according to a research in Taiwan, the key point was in the COMT gene in human’s body. COMT was in charged of the assisting the nerve system activity and kept the brain functioning. The report was the highest rating article on the 6th in New York Times.

The host of the COMT gene research was NTNU director of the Center of Science Education Chang Chun Yen. Director Chang and his team found 779 students, collected their blood and compared with each other. The researchers were interested in the COMT gene was because the COMT gene carried a set of special code. The report pointed out the pressure was more complicated than what we usually thought in the past, but it was much more easier to control as well.
Professor Chang Chun Yen was surprised to see his research been published on New York Times. He indicated that his research was expected to raise students’ ability to learn and helped students to find their problems. The two best sellers in United States, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman saw his research result. They wanted to quote in their book “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing”. Professor Chang Chun Yen had seen the report on New York Times already. He said the two writers was very hardworking and did a lot of research on the related topics. He pointed out that he would continue to cooperate with different universities and hospitals to do more researches.