Friday, June 28, 2013

15-year-old devises test to detect pancreatic, ovarian, lung cancer in early stages

Using Google and Wikipedia, this high school freshman accomplished in under a year what scientists with millions of dollars-worth of research grants have failed to do. This new tool costs 3 cents, takes 5 minutes, and is 90% accurate for detecting 3 types of cancer.

Wow! What an incredible discovery by this kid!  His test is 90% accurate!  If it ever gets to market, it will contribute to saving many lives that would otherwise have been lost.  Of course, Big Pharma will have to involve itself in some way in order to profit from it -- and you know they will. AND, of course, they will have to overcome the fact that it now costs only 3 cents for the test.  When and if it appears on your medical bill, do you really think it will say 3 cents?  Going by today's Big Pharma/AMA rates, it will be more like $300. (Sorry to be so cynical, but that is what living in this world for 77 years has done to me.  :-( :-) )

a 15-year-old boy named Jack Andraka has done what scientists with millions of dollars-worth of research grants at their disposal have failed to do. He invented a dipstick-type sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that is:
  • 168 times faster
  • 26,000 times less expensive, and
  • 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection

And he did it using Google and Wikipedia as his primary research tools — online resources that are available to virtually anyone on the planet with an internet connection. What’s more, the test costs three cents, takes five minutes, and has a 90 percent accuracy rate. Compare that to the current standard, which employs 60-year-old technology, costs about $800, and misses 30 percent of all pancreatic cancers.