Hope for the future if a 15 year old can bring to bear a test which should have been devised before he was born.

Even in this day and age of discovery it seems some people have the ability to amaze beyond their years. Most teenagers would want to take to the stage of life in a different manner but for one young man who was prepared to think outside the box his tenacity to devise a test for the marker, known for over twenty years, that could make the difference between life and death to some is a credit to himself.

My own father dies from panceratic cancer so I read with interest of the recognition bestowed uponĀ Jack Andraka from Crownsville, Maryland who developed a simple dip-stick test for levels of mesothelin, a biomarker for early stage pancreatic cancer found in blood and urine. It promises hope for humankind that we still have the ability to nurture minds capable of facing problems that defy budgets and other constraints and still deliver promising developments.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2270016/The-15-year-old-schoolboy-invention-revolutionise-cancer-detection.html