A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager

"Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that’s super cheap, effective and non-invasive -- all before his 16th birthday."

"In preliminary tests, Andraka’s invention has shown 100 percent accuracy. It also finds cancers earlier than current methods, costs a mere 3 cents and earned the high schooler the 2012 Intel Science Fair grand prize."

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And what's the worst case?  Followup studies show that it's not quite 100% effective?

This will be an interesting news article to follow.  

Sounds wonderful, especially as you've seen someone dying of pancreatic cancer. His pronunciation seems rather unclear to me, but it might be because of my Dutch ears...

I know it is too much to ask of a teen ager to find a "cure", however, he does seem to arouse interest among researchers. It may be a dead end, but no more than putting one's hands together and speaking to a personal god, or prostrating oneself before an alter of some reputation. 

Perhaps the new crop of kids coming into maturity will be able to think outside the box enough to overcome scientific tradition, even scientific superstition.

We are not victims; we have the ability to observe, think, reason, make connections and one day there will be a breakthrough. It seems young people make breakthroughs. Maybe that is just anecdotal, but Einstein was very young when he imagined E=MC2. Darwin was very young when he imagined evolution. They both dismissed new ideas when they came along, only to be picked up by younger generations.  

Another young Dutch physician & anatomist Regnier de Graaf may have been the first to understand the reproductive function of the Fallopian tube, he described the hydrosalpinx, linking its development to female infertility, he recognized pathologic conditions of the tubes, he was aware of tubal pregnancies, and he surmised that the mammalian egg traveled from the ovary to the uterus through the Fallopian tube. He described the testicular tubules, the efferent ductscorpora lutea[3] De Graaf also invented a practical syringe, described in his third treatise. He was unable to benefit from the advances about to be made by microscopy, although he reported its use by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in 1673. He died at age 32. 


I wonder if politicians who are making laws to control women's bodies know the many problems of pregnancy for women? Can you imagine making laws about male genitalia when politicians  don't know the many problems that organ generates? 




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