15 year-old Jack Andraka has discovered a new way of screening for pancreatic cancer which is cheap, efficient and almost 100% accurate. By combining carbon nanotubes, antibodies and water onto a strip of paper, Andraka has developed a pancreatic cancer indicator. The indicator detects a protein in the blood that is commonly found in cases of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. The indicator costs roughly $0.03 to produce and the test can be completed in under 5 minutes, with 400 times the sensitivity of standard pancreatic cancer screenings. Jack Andraka’s invention could allow the disease to be detected in its earliest stages and ultimately save many more lives.
(Source: TED )