I recently saw a story on Forbes which has completely blown me away and given me hope for the future of American teenagers. A 15 year old named Jack Andraka has invented a diagnostic technique that is 168-times faster, 26,000-times cheaper and 400-times more sensitive than ELISA in detecting pancreatic cancer. Even more amazing is the fact that his method proved to be 100% accurate in diagnosing pancreatic cancer well before it had a chance to become morbidly invasive.
Jack’s technique relies upon antibody-bound nanotubes that exhibit a change in electrical conductivity when bound to a protein. The invention earned him the he top award at Intel ISEF 2012 and you can see his reaction to the award and an explanation of the technology in the video below. Way to go Jack!