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Seventeen-year-old invents cancer diagnostic tool, will speak at CMU

Jack Andraka to share his experience with cancer research

Contact: CMU News

Jack Andraka, a 17-year-old scientist and mathematician, will speak at CMU as part of the Central Michigan University Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium.

At 15, the Maryland high school student invented a novel paper sensor that detects pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers in just five minutes for as little as 3 cents.

"It is impressive that a 15-year-old has been able to develop the idea for a cancer detection kit that can now be evaluated for its scientific merit,” said Dr. Robert Fleischmann, vice chair of Foundational Sciences for the CMU College of Medicine. “There is much work to be done in cancer research, and the recognition Jack receives now may inspire even more students to explore the sciences."

Fleischmann is a longtime cancer researcher whose current work focuses on developing cancer vaccines.

Andraka conducted his research at Johns Hopkins University and recently received the Gordon E. Moore Award and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award. He also was First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest at the State of the Union and named Champion of Change by President Barack Obama for his work to break down scientific journal pay walls, a fee scientific journals charge to access articles.

The event is free and open to the public.

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