With the help of the Internet, 15 yr old teenager invents advanced cancer test
It’s amazing what can be accomplished simply by putting forth 100% and not giving up. That’s what 15 year old Jack Andraka did one day when he realized he had an interest in cancer research.
Using the Internet and in particular searching Google, he was able to find information relating to the early detection of cancer. Using the information he found on Google, he mocked up a procedure to perform early cancer detection testing and submitted it to Johns Hopkins in hopes of being accepted to begin testing. After many rejections, he was finally accepted and is now performing his advanced cancer tests at Johns Hopkins University.
The early cancer detection test that he created tests for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. His cancer tests are 168x faster, considerably less expensive, and 400x more sensitive than the current gold standard test in the field. The Maryland native won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his creation according to the BBC.