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Jack Andraka

Photos by Susanna Pozzoli

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Sometimes years of research are overtaken not by a lucky beginner, but by an ingenious one.

For Jack Andraka, an American high school student, everything started with a homework assignment from his biology teacher. After some Internet research, he turned his mother’s kitchen into a laboratory. Jack discovered a revolutionary method of detecting pancreatic cancer, the disease responsible for the death of his uncle and millions of other people every year.

Not only is his method more reliable than existing tests, but it’s also faster and cheaper: just a drop of blood or urine is enough to test for the presence of mesothelin, a protein produced by cancerous cells. In five minutes, for five cents!


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