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May 25th, 2012
09:01 AM ET

15-year-old wins big prize for pancreatic cancer detection test

Students from across the country competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week in Pittsburgh, and out of the 1,500 kids who competed from more than 70 countries, 15 year old Jack Andraka was named the top winner, landing the $75,000 grand prize.

Andraka, a high school freshman, created a non-invasive and cheap way to detect pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

The test uses a dip-stick sensor, based on diabetic test paper, to test blood or urine for signs of early stage pancreatic cancer.

Boasting a 90% accuracy rate, the patent-pending sensor is 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and over 400 times more sensitive than previous tests. Andraka believes the sensor can also be extended to detect ovarian and lung cancers.

Andraka talks to Alina Cho on Early Start today about his big win and what’s next for him.

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  1. Jim Bob

    It costs 3 cents to make the test strip, that means hospitals will charge us $800

    July 14, 2013 at 2:11 am | Reply
  2. Chase Galligher

    The most common type of pancreatic cancer, accounting for 95% of these tumors, is adenocarcinoma (tumors exhibiting glandular architecture on light microscopy) arising within the exocrine component of the pancreas. A minority arise from islet cells, and are classified as neuroendocrine tumors. The signs and symptoms that eventually lead to the diagnosis depend on the location, the size, and the tissue type of the tumor, and may include abdominal pain, lower back pain, and jaundice (if the tumor compresses the bile duct).:::..

    Enjoy your day <http://www.picturesofherpes.co/

    June 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  3. Inrid Cod

    Thank god we have people in the world like this, true genius, that pushes the envelope and puts discovery on a whole new plain.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  4. jimbo123

    This kid sounds like the Honey-Badger narrator.

    Too bad the story lacks any specifics at all about the product or how it works. Tis more of a story about how the kid FEELS about winning a prize.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Bigmac

      jjohnsen: correct on Mrs. Clinton. Unforntunately, McCain has plnety of skeletons too, and worse than GW Bush's past heavy drinking. The dems tried to crucify Bush for that. The dems and the media aren't going to give McCain a pass in regards to his dirt.And in retaliation for the republicans dredging up dirt from Kerry's past, (in regards to his military service, and his traitorous behavior afterwards) the dems will see plnety of opportunity to return the favor in regards to McCain's military history and in his stance towards veterans post-Vietnam-war.

      July 29, 2012 at 12:40 am | Reply
  5. Tony

    Wow. You just told soldiers not to say "yes sir" or "yes maam".

    hahahaha. Priceless.. Who writes your copy?

    May 28, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply
  6. Tony

    You guys are like a Saturday Night Live skit. Keep it up! You bring "news" to a new low level. Total joke!

    May 28, 2012 at 5:55 am | Reply

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