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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Effective Compassion," June 16, 2012

Project with promise

Some kids take cotton swabs around the house to find the dirtiest objects. Others grow plants in varied levels of light. But one 15-year-old Maryland boy puts all those experiments to shame with his science fair project. For his entry into the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Jack Andraka of Crownsville, Md., invented a promising new test for quickly detecting the early onset of pancreatic cancer. The urine test Andraka created has proved 90 percent accurate as well as nearly 30 times less expensive than current tests. Andraka, who has applied to patent his invention, won top prize at the fair, worth $75,000.

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