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Child prodigy Sho Yano earns medical degree at age 21

Sho Yano, 21, is seen in this undated photo.

June 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 21-year-old man who began college in Illinois at the age of 9 is about to become the youngest medical school graduate in the University of Chicago's history.

Sho Yano, who was reading at age 2, writing at 3 and composing music at 5 will graduate this week from the Pritzker School of Medicine, where he also received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology.

Yano made headlines when he entered Loyola University in Chicago at the age of 9. He reportedly finished his undergraduate degree in three years and graduated summa cum laude.

Yano said while the path he chose has not always been easy, the pressure to do great things comes from within.

"If the pressure had come from anyone else, like my parents, I wouldn't have been able to keep going. You have to be driven by something that you want to do," said Yano.

He is currently preparing for his residency in pediatric neurology. Genius seems to run in the Yano family. His younger sister, who is now 15, attends Johns Hopkins University and is working on her second bachelor's degree. They're both also accomplished musicians.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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