A 15-year-old teenager Jack Andraka, has invented a new, simple and cheap way of testing for pancreatic cancer. Andraka was awarded a $75,000 first prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his invention.
Hypervocal reports that Andraka, from Crownsville, Maryland, won the top prize at the biggest science and engineering fair in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Andraka' simple dip-stick blood and urine test can detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, MSN reports. According to Fox Baltimore, Andraka's patent-pending test has been shown to be more than 90 percent accurate, 28 times cheaper and 1000 times more sensitive than existing tests for pancreatic cancer.
The Society for Science and the Public website reports that the first runner-up at the contest was Nicholas Schiefer, 17, of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, who devised a new "microsearch" technology to enable search engines parse Twitter and Facebook accounts and browse very small amount of content. Hypervocal notes that Schiefer's technology may be worth millions of dollars.
The second runner-up was Ari Dyckovsky, 18, of Leesburg, Va., who developed a method of information teleportation involving a process called "entanglement." Using this process, information from one atom will appear in another when the first atom's quantum state is destroyed. According to Hypervocal, "this could help the National Security Administration send encrypted messages without fear of interception because data would simply appear at its destination."
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world and it often has a poor prognosis. Risk factors may include smoking, obesity, high consumption of red meat, high sugar intake, low fiber diet and diabetes melitus.