US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google

By | August 24, 2012

Fifteen-year-old high school student Jack Andraka likes to kayak and watch the US television show Glee.

And when time permits, he also likes to do advanced research in one of the most respected cancer laboratories in the world.

Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field. He has applied for a patent for his test and is now carrying out further research at Johns Hopkins University in the US city of Baltimore.

And he did it by using Google.

The Maryland native, who won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his creation, cites search engines and free online science papers as the tools that allowed him to create the test. …

via BBC News – US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google.

A 15-year-old high school student from Maryland has developed a test to detect pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Jack Andraka, a freshman at North County High School, was able to discover a way to diagnose pancreatic cancer before the disease spreads. The young scientist professed a love and passion for science, and these won him the grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for having developed a test that detects early stage pancreatic cancer.

Andraka shared: “I’m really passionate about science. It’s just my thing… I like working on medical research.”

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

The young scientist shared: “I got interested in early detection because that’s the best chance of treating the cancer… The only practical way of doing this is through routine blood tests so that’s what I developed here.” The test that he developed is 90 percent accurate, and costs less compared to other tests.

Andraka was awarded at a ceremony in Pittsburgh, and won more than $100,000 in prize money that he intends to use for college. Jane, Jack’s mom, said: “They gave him an opportunity to make his dreams come true.”


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