#BBCtrending: The mystique of the 'child prodigy'

  • 25 July 2014

In recent weeks, 12-year-old Lauren Arrington has become an internet sensation.

Her school project on the invasive lionfish - in which she claimed to have discovered it could survive in fresh water - seemed to stun scientists, who celebrated it as groundbreaking.

But not all scientists were as thrilled with her "discovery", and accusations of plagiarism and academic hijacking soon emerged, as BBC Trending reports.

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