Patt Morrison for May 30, 2012

High school freshman creates breakthrough test for pancreatic cancer

Jack Andraka wins prize for pancreatice cancer test

Society for Science & the Public

Jack Andraka (center) moments after it was announced that he won the Gordon E. Moore Award and $75,000 prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania held in May.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to diagnose and often goes undetected until it reaches the most advanced stages. However, because of advances in medical science established by 15-year-old Maryland high school student Jack Andraka, the disease can now be found before it spreads.

Andraka earned the grand prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for creating a test that can detect early-stage pancreatic cancer with 90 percent accuracy and at a faster and cheaper rate than other tests. Andraka won $75,000 in prize money, which he plans to put toward college.

Listen in as Patt discusses this award-winning creation with Jack Andraka himself.

Guest:

Jack Andraka, 15-year-old cancer researcher; freshman at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland; winner, Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000 at 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair


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