Teen uses Google…to Create Cancer Screening Test.

It’s an inspirational story with an almost comic twist, a 15 year old high school student has found his own way to help fight cancer using…Google. Its hard to believe but Jack Andraka is currently working on a patent for his a cancer screening test that takes a grand total of 5 minutes to administer. I don’t know about you, but there are not many 15 year olds I know that volunteer at John Hopkins University in their spare time. The test is used to screen for the early stages of pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancer which if detected in the earlier stages may create a 50% higher survival rate. Jack states the test is 400 times more sensitive and 26,000 times less expensive than the current standard test making it only 3 cents per test! His goal is for the price to remain this low so that doctors will be able to use it weekly. The teen scientists refers to the Internet as “invaluable” saying he definitely couldn’t have discovered half the research information he did without a degree in the topic if it weren’t for the ability to Google available published resources. His inspiration comes from many own family members being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and not allowing his age to effect his ability. Apparently Google is more than just a search engine. Great job Jack, way to get your “3 cents” in.

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