Andy Tanji, from Honolulu, alerted us to an amazing Ted video. Jack Andraka, a 15 year-old student from a suburb of Baltimore, has devised a 3 cent test to detect pancreatic cancer in a lab at Johns Hopkins. It's in the early stages of production now, but if it comes to market, it will be an amazing advance.
Looking at him, one thinks of the young Steve Jobs and his role in the digital revolution. Jobs, of course, succumbed to pancreatic cancer (but I am uncertain if this test would have detected the rare form of pancreatic cancer Jobs had).
It should be mentioned that Andraka wrote to 200 scientists for help with lab space and mentoring, but only one offered to help him. That was Dr. Anirban Maitra, a 1996 graduate of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at New Delhi, who is currently Associate Professor of Pathology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins.