Written by Robert L. Smith.
Jack Andraka was 13 when a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer detected too late.
Over the next two years, using Google and Wikipedia, the Maryland youth came up with an idea for a blood test that can detect such cancers far earlier and faster than ever before.
Sunday afternoon, the teenaged inventor stood before an audience of doctors, hospital administrators and entrepreneurs at the Cleveland Convention Center and reported that the future is bright for people with a thirst for discovery.
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Originally published October 27, 2014.