Jack Andraka, Kid Genius

I was pre-med for two difficult years in college. I finished most of the curriculum, including the doozies like Organic Chem and College Calculus, but my heart was not in it. And I ended up graduating with a Political Science degree. There are folks, fortunately, whose heart is in the medical field. Jack Andraka is still in high school and the kid genius just struck gold:

Jack Andraka
Jack Andraka

15-year-old Jack Andraka, it’s par for the course. The high school sophomore recently developed a revolutionary new test for early-stage pancreatic cancer. This, before he could legally drive a car.

This past December, Andraka won Intel’s prestigious Gordon E. Moore Award along with other top honors at the corporation’s annual Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school research and science competition. Jack Andraka created a simple dip-stick sensor to test for levels of mesothelin, which is a biomarker for early-stage pancreatic cancer that’s found in blood and urine. The method is similar to diabetic testing strips, utilizing just a pinprick of blood and costing all of three cents to make.

Three cents? I like this kid (genius.) Cancer is a scourge that needs elimination.