15 year old invents New Method of Diagnosing Cancer

Jack Andraka is a fifteen year old freshman in high school. He developed a paper sensor that could detect cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted his research at John Hopkins University. This research could change the face of cancer and promote early detection. He has been selected as the Intel 2012 ISEF winner and has won awards at multiple national and international math competitions. Jack is on the national junior whitewater kayaking team and enjoys playing with his dog and folding origami.

Jack’s method is 168 times faster, 26000 times cheaper, 400 times more sensitive and has a 90% success rate.

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189 Responses to "15 year old invents New Method of Diagnosing Cancer"

  1. Javad  July 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Unfortunately, and very sad that the Pharma industries are driver in $$$; The best way to market this invention is first see a good patent attorney, then get the FDA approval; then sign a contract with a reputable manufacturer to market this great product. A one-million kudos to this 15-year old with no PhD! More power to you.

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  2. Ros  August 18, 2013 at 2:48 am

    What an amazing young man!

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  3. Michele Pippen  August 18, 2013 at 6:59 am

    You’re amazing – now the big drive to get your ground-breaking invention accepted and being used in the clinical environment – you in essence have potentially saved thousands of lives!

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  4. Kelly  September 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    How do we get access to it? I need one =)

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  5. Rumi Bourassa  September 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    It’s official, I can retire soon, I’m 25 years old and becoming happily obsolete. Hand the world over to these 18 year old quantum capacitor inventors and 12 year old fractal solar panel designers. Wheres my hammock on the beach and Corona with lime?

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  6. Jj Castle  September 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Really clever guy, although I’m wondering how you would differentiate between the different forms of cancer in a mesothelin positive patient – would it not be as expensive as the original tests? Also, it would be interesting to know how much mesothelin is expressed and when, i.e. if mesothelin increases correspond to a detectable tumour that could then be pinpointed for treatment. Will definitely follow this guy’s work – completely agree with what he says about the internet. I wouldn’t be where I am without it.

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    • Jj Castle  September 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      A reference would be great.

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