Jack Andraka lost a loved one at 13 to pancreatic cancer. He investigated and discovered the sensor, which costs 3 cents. Labs refused to support him because he brings down the million-dollar cancer industry. A university will endorse your discovery.
At just 16 years old, an American high school student invented a sensor to detect cancer in just five minutes.
The discovery can change the lives of many, many people, but it is also a threat to the pharmaceutical industry, which raises millions for this painful disease.
It all started with the loss of a loved one when Jack Andraka was 13 years old. They told him that pancreatic cancer is found when it can no longer be treated, prompting him to research cancer through simple tools on the Internet.
And three years later, he discovered a "fast, simple and effective" way to detect this deadly disease, which thanks to this invention, can be neutralized. Using information he obtained from Google and Wikipedia, Jack studied the 8,000 proteins found in the blood, until he understood that one of them, mesothelin, triggers early in people who get pancreatic cancer.
"It detects one of the thousands of proteins (mesothelin) that are in the blood of cancer patients. The mechanics were to use antibodies and weave them together in a network of carbon nanotubes, so that a marker is obtained that only reacts to said protein, "he explained when performing at the Festival of Brilliant Minds.
The invention is a paper sensor, which costs 3 cents, and which is capable of detecting three types of cancer in five minutes: pancreatic, ovarian and lung.
But the most surprising of all is that it has been 26 thousand times cheaper and 168 times faster. In addition, this method is 400 times more sensitive than current ones and is non-invasive.
But his biggest plus is that "cancer can be found in the earliest stages, when someone has a nearly 100 percent chance of survival, and so far is more than 90 percent accurate at detecting cancer," he said. "And it will be the same for ovarian and lung cancer" he added "and by changing the antibody, this same invention can use a different protein to detect Alzheimer's, other forms of cancer or HIV".
But it was not easy to achieve. Out of 200 requests he sent to laboratories, all but one refused to continue their investigations. Finally he managed to get Johns Hopkins University to help his development.
It's a discovery that could affect the multi-million dollar cancer industry.
His invention is in the patent pending stage, something that may take several years, but the day it is approved it could be a revolution for medical science.
In addition, during the conference, the young man pointed out that science should not be a luxury, and that it should be a fundamental human right, "the right of access to information must belong to everyone, not just those who can pay," he said.
A discovery that has led him to win the Gordon E. Moore Award from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity and is the youngest speaker of the Royal Society of Medicine in the United States. Without a doubt more than deserved. "!!!!
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