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15-Year-Old Invents Early Test For Pancreatic Cancer



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.
  
He was always asked why he has concerns about cancer and he said "most of his family members have been affected by cancer, so he had to carry out a research on the easiest way to test pancreatic cancer. Which when attended to in an early stage gives the patient 50% chance of survival.

And he did it by using Google. And that he wouldn't have done it without the use of the internet.

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.

the teenager, said the idea came to him when he was "chilling out in biology class".

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