August 24, 2012

Jack Andraka, 15, invents cancer test that is 168x faster, 26000x less expensive, and 400x more sensitive than the current standard. 3¢ and 5 minutes

Fifteen-year-old high school student Jack Andraka likes to kayak and watch the US television show Glee.

And when time permits, he also likes to do advanced research in one of the most respected cancer laboratories in the world.

Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field. He has applied for a patent for his test and is now carrying out further research at Johns Hopkins University in the US city of Baltimore.

And he did it by using Google.

The Maryland native, who won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his creation, cites search engines and free online science papers as the tools that allowed him to create the test.

The BBC's Matt Danzico sat down with the teenager, who said the idea came to him when he was "chilling out in biology class".


  1. take that big pharma phart

  2. Lets see how long it takes for that invention to disappear".

  3. Cancer is one of the largest industries on the planet and helps control the population. Don't think for a moment that this kids "invention" will ever see the light of day. Ever hear of Royal Raymond Rife?

  4. The difficult thing about cancer prevention and cure is not the science but the criminal oligopoly of the cancer industry. It would never give up its lucrative business in a process that would actually contribute to improvement of the health of the population. It would be contrary to its entire vision and pursued mission.

  5. Until he invents a cure for cancer, I'm NOT impressed.

    This little test will only ensure that this child AND his family, become millionaires/billionaires.

    BTW, there have been a gazillion cancer cures, and tptb, suppress them!

  6. Well he is in for a heart break.
    Soon his patent will be bought, and shelved, like soooo many other discoveries.

    On the brighter side, the patent database is free to browse.
    I do enjoy trying some of them out, you would be surprised at what is known but not used.

  7. .. like they didn't tell us what the invention is..