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15 Year Old Creates Test For Pancreatic Cancer (Wins Intel Science fair Grand Prize)
TIME ^ | 05/23/2012 | Katherine Cooney

Posted on 05/24/2012 6:31:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose, often times not detected until the most advanced stages. However, new advances in medical science have provided a way to find pancreatic cancer before it spreads.

New advances made by a 15-year-old Maryland high school student.

North County freshman Jack Andraka earned the grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for creating a test that can detect early stage pancreatic cancer with 90 percent accuracy and at a cheaper rate than other tests.

“It detects an abnormal protein that you find in the blood when you have a pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. Anirban Maitra, professor of Pathology, Oncology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to CBS affiliate WJZ-13. “He conceived this idea and I think the fact that he is 15 makes this whole story more remarkable.”

An estimated 44, 000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year; of those patients, 94 percent will die within five years of diagnosis and 74 percent will die within the first year. It is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

“I got interested in early detection because that’s the best chance of treating cancer,” Andraka said. “The only practical way of doing this is through routine blood tests so that’s what I’ve developed here.”

Andraka won $100,000 in prize money, which he plans to put toward college.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsfeed.time.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: cancer; education; pancreaticcancer

1 posted on 05/24/2012 6:31:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Remarkable!


2 posted on 05/24/2012 6:34:24 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: SeekAndFind
Amazing.
3 posted on 05/24/2012 6:36:35 AM PDT by THE_RAIDER (I'm supposed to be more angry about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with mine)
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To: SeekAndFind

Great job kid, now patent it and make yourself some money. We need more young entrepreneurs.


4 posted on 05/24/2012 6:39:55 AM PDT by caldera599
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To: SeekAndFind

“Andraka won $100,000 in prize money, which he plans to put toward college.”

Somehow I don’t think he’ll be needing to pay for college...

Way to go, son!


5 posted on 05/24/2012 6:41:48 AM PDT by mn-bush-man
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To: SeekAndFind

He is going to put the $100,000 prize money towards college.
Somehow I don’t think he will need to worry. Top colleges will seek him out. He is a bright kid-no (Insert word)studies major for him.


6 posted on 05/24/2012 6:43:49 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Maine Mariner

RE: no (Insert word)studies major for him.

Cancer studies? :)


7 posted on 05/24/2012 6:45:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: mn-bush-man

Jack Andraka's pancreatic cancer test is 28 times cheaper and about 1,000 times more sensitive than current tests. (Society for Science & the Public)
8 posted on 05/24/2012 6:48:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

kudos to his public school teachers for nurturing such a wonderful young mind

North County is not exactly a creme de la creme school, either


9 posted on 05/24/2012 6:51:26 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: SeekAndFind

This kid and Zuckerberg should have swapped net worths.


10 posted on 05/24/2012 6:54:34 AM PDT by MatD
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To: SeekAndFind

Good one!! If there was such a major that actually dealt with finding a cure or early diagnosis of the various cancers it would be a perfect fit.

Most .... studies programs as you know deal with grievances and victims.


11 posted on 05/24/2012 6:54:47 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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If Obama had a son , he would look like this.


12 posted on 05/24/2012 6:58:41 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Maine Mariner

your typical MBA program is mostly case studies


13 posted on 05/24/2012 7:19:00 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Maine Mariner

LOL. Very funny.


14 posted on 05/24/2012 7:21:20 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: SeekAndFind

And I’m sure if a Kardashian or St. Trayvon had a chance, they would’ve done this too, right?


15 posted on 05/24/2012 7:25:51 AM PDT by lado
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To: silverleaf; wintertime
kudos to his public school teachers for nurturing such a wonderful young mind

North County is not exactly a creme de la creme school, either Our public school are seriously under rated and many of the teachers are under appreciated, especially by some members of this forum.

16 posted on 05/24/2012 7:54:59 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Andraka won $100,000 in prize money"

Good Deal! Yesterday it was only $75,000. I believe this story but it sure raises a lot of questions. How the heck did he 'invent' the test and make the 'test strips' that it uses. Yesterday, they were said to cost 5 cents each - no profit in that - Big Pharma won't follow up with no profit to them!

17 posted on 05/24/2012 8:06:31 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok, so good job, sonny. But WTF are the leading scientists in this field doing to have missed this? This would be a no-brainer. Duh, look for an early precursor. Something is fishy here. Let’s see, we want to detect when a skunk comes close, so lets sample for skunk smell. What am I missing?


18 posted on 05/24/2012 10:59:41 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the brilliant engineering minds at M.I.T. have made a critically, important discovery of a substance that solves the age old problem of getting ketchup that is stuck at the bottom of a bottle.... Stuck Ketchup Problem Solved by MIT Engineers
19 posted on 05/24/2012 11:10:51 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: SgtHooper

They’re busy working on the REALLY important stuff to make society better. See post #19.


20 posted on 05/24/2012 11:13:26 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: OB1kNOb

In Atlas Shrugged the national science accademy made a really moderatly effective metal polish...


21 posted on 05/24/2012 11:15:25 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
In Atlas Shrugged the national science accademy made a really moderatly effective metal polish...

Somehow this Clark Griswold scene immediately popped into my head when I read your post. ;-)


22 posted on 05/24/2012 11:28:50 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: SgtHooper

>>This would be a no-brainer.<<

Exactly. Obviously, any idiot can come up with a test for pancreatic cancer, I mean, DUH!


23 posted on 05/24/2012 12:10:54 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Anyone who thinks we can sit home, then survive four more years of Obama, is a damned fool.)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Oh come on. He is not being compared to “any idiot”, but to scientists and doctors in the same field. This is basic problem solving to these people. Not taking away from the young man’s success at all, but there are far more experienced professionals who have been working in this field for decades. Why has it eluded them?


24 posted on 05/24/2012 1:02:08 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: silverleaf
Dear silverleaf,

“North County is not exactly a creme de la creme school, either...”

I can only rely on second-hand reports, but I've been told that North County's STEM magnet program is very good. It's one of two in Anne Arundel County, from what I can gather.

In fact, the Andrakas (the family of the young man featured in this article) purposely selected the North County STEM program for their sons (we know the family - our sons took piano lessons with their sons).


sitetest

25 posted on 05/25/2012 3:04:44 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest
Ah,if he is in a STEM magnet then that explains

Magnet programs being select programs designed to draw motivated students of achievement (mostly white) into otherwise low performing, under-attended schools (usually heavy minority)

Fingers crossed - as my own DD will be starting in a Magnet program this fall. The Magnet kids are almost a small school within a school, with separate classes focused on their disciplines, plus summer and weekend required programs- my DD will have two extra hours of school, 4 days a week, compared to the general population

26 posted on 05/25/2012 5:05:19 PM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: silverleaf
Dear silverleaf,

Yes, the school has what is reputed to be a good STEM program. Like I said, I have no first-hand knowledge at all.

However, I know the family (a little) and I've met and chatted with mom on any number of occasions. Their sons (the older one also won an Intel competition from the same high school, if I recall correctly) wouldn't be in this school if the program weren't phenomenally fantastic.

The mom is in the health care field, the dad's a professional, as well. They're pretty high-powered folks, really hard working folks, absolutely wonderful people, can afford what's needed to be afforded for their kids’ educations, and wouldn't hesitate to spend it, as necessary, and are really on top of getting a great education for their kids.

But therein lies the rub. No matter how good the school is, that's only a very small part of the equation. You'll notice that young Mr. Andraka had to solicit the assistance of some two hundred researchers before finding one who would assist him. I kinda doubt that it was the school helping him to identify and ask those folks. I kinda suspect that it was his mother's contacts within the field that came to the fore, there.

The point is, no matter how good the school is, these kids had something that the vast majority of kids don't have - parents who could help make this sort of thing happen.

No matter how good a school North County might be, I don't think it's the school that really did most of the work nurturing young Jack to win this prize.

Good luck with your child. Remember, though, parents are their children's first and primary teachers. All the "professionals" our children encounter over the years are merely there to assist us in doing our God-given vocation.


sitetest

27 posted on 05/25/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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