A 15-Year-Old Invents A More Accurate And Affordable Test For Pancreatic Cancer

I'm feeling sort of lazy and useless now.

A 15-Year-Old Invents A More Accurate And Affordable Test For Pancreatic Cancer

Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka won the grand prize at a Maryland science fair for creating a new test that detects early-stage pancreatic cancer at a cheaper cost. Pancreatic cancer is the biggest and baddest of the cancers, largely because it's often undetected until the most advanced stages. Andraka, who is FIFTEEN, I'd like to remind you, has discovered a way around that, creating a test with 90% early stage accuracy.

From the story:

“It detects an abnormal protein that you find in the blood when you have a pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. Anirban Maitra, professor of Pathology, Oncology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “He conceived this idea and I think the fact that he is 15 makes this whole story more remarkable.”

So this Johns Hopkins professor is super impressed, as are we all. This teen is clearly going to save the world. He won $100,000 that he's earmarked for college, but if he doesn't get a full scholarship to the entire Ivy League, I'll eat my hat.

Source: Time
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