15 year old develops pancreatic cancer detector

I considered myself a pretty smart kid. But geez. Even the runner ups scare me. From HuffPo:

Another amazing teen scientist is making headlines for developing advances in cancer research in his after-school hours. Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka from Maryland, winner of the world’s largest high school science research competition, developed a test for pancreatic cancer that is not only 28 times cheaper and faster than current tests in place, but also 100 times more sensitive. Astoundingly, the urine and blood test that he developed can detect this type of cancer with 90 percent accuracy.

Two runners-up — Nicholas Schiefer of Ontario, Canada and Ari Dyckovsky of Virginia — earned $50,000 prizes for their innovations. Nicholas’s “microsearch” research used information like tweets and Facebook status updates to improve search engine capabilities, while Ari looked into the atomic basis for quantum teleportation.


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