Skip to comments.High School Freshman Wins Award For Pancreatic Cancer Test
Posted on 05/23/2012 5:01:12 AM PDT by Puzzleman
He is only a freshman at North County High School in Anne Arundel County.
However, 15-year-old Jack Andraka is being recognized for developing what may become an effective way to detect pancreatic cancer.
(Excerpt) Read more at wbal.com ...
The cynical, dark side of me says, how did this simple test for a specific protein escape the view of big Pharma and thousands upon thousands of pedigreed medical researchers all these years?
This is awesome.
Perseverance on the young man’s part.
Willingness to risk on the part of the prof at Hopkins.
And now, a potential breakthrough in this horrible disease.
Way to go!
These other researchers should look for a different line of work.
>>FDA approval is required to prove the efficacy of the test. If people are going to rely on it to tell them whether they are actually sick or not, you have to know that it works and under what conditions it works. <<
Wow, I didn’t know that.
I guess the real trick is trying to determine "who" to test, and how often. Do you test everyone in an annual screening? Do you test otherwise normally healthy people? Are there other "markers" that would suggest that some categories of people are more prone to this cancer?
The good news is that this test seems relatively inexpensive, so it could be offered as part of a routine screening.
“He patented the idea so if this thing really works I expect he will not need student loans to pay for his medical school training”
If this proves out he won’t need any kind of training except maybe how to retire and enjoy life!
Please convey our admiration and best wishes to this young man! Lost a good friend and hunting mentor to this cancer last year.
nothing that actually works and only costs 3 cents will ever be approved
What a wonderful story.
What abysmal writing by Mr. Lang.
Awesome! Congratulations to this young man!
That’s exactly what I thought.
3 cents will become $3000.You have to count all the hands that will handle the 3 cent paper,blood vials,additional tests.....
I worked with the International Science and Engineering Fair for over 20 years as it grew from 600 contestants to over 1500 from over 40 countries. Amazing talent from all the kids there and great support from their teachers and awards from science organizations, the military and univerities.
WHOA THERE!! A medical test developed by a private citizen?!? Quick, get this kid to a re-education camp errr I mean Ivy League school so he can learn never to do anything like this again without the supervision of government.
Well, who would have thought? Ever since I can remember we have been told how far behind our youth were in math and science compared to some other countries. However, look how much has been accomplished by Americans’s since the 60’s. It’s the same old bullshit promulgated by special interest, like teacher union’s, to have more money thrown their way supposedly to improve education, since we are always so far behind. just sayin.
Absolutely. I picked out two very obvious mistakes, even on cursory reading. Mr. Lang obviously had no idea what he was writing about.
Congratulations to this young man for a truly brilliant and innovative idea that has the potential to save thousands of lives.
Amazing young guy.
Lost a good friend to this disease last year. A diagnosis and 2 weeks later she was gone.
Miss you, little j.
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