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(Some Guy)   15 year old wins prize for inventing cheap urine test that identifies early stage pancreatic cancer with 90% accuracy   (societyforscience.org) divider line 127
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2012-05-21 03:45:53 PM  
Very good on him, kudos, but $75k?
It costs more than that to treat a single patient. They should have given him a few million, or at the very least a full boat scholarship at the university of his choice.

I hope he doesn't get screwed over on his patents though.
 
2012-05-21 04:04:03 PM  
that's pretty damn impressive
 
2012-05-21 04:24:01 PM  

TommyymmoT: They should have given him a few million, or at the very least a full boat scholarship at the university of his choice.


If he has a patent, I would think he could license it to a company that sells medical testing and collect some serious royalty checks, couldn't he? If this is widely used that $75,000 would be a drop in the bucket.
 
2012-05-21 04:24:59 PM  
Sure beats the current UFIA method of detection.
 
2012-05-21 04:30:45 PM  

germ78: Sure beats the current UFIA method of detection.


If your doctor gives you an UFIA to test your pancreas, I would strongly suggest getting a different doctor.
 
2012-05-21 04:36:34 PM  

ambassador_ahab: TommyymmoT: They should have given him a few million, or at the very least a full boat scholarship at the university of his choice.

If he has a patent, I would think he could license it to a company that sells medical testing and collect some serious royalty checks, couldn't he? If this is widely used that $75,000 would be a drop in the bucket.


True. I just hope he knows he's going to be dealing with vultures.
 
2012-05-21 04:38:33 PM  

ambassador_ahab: germ78: Sure beats the current UFIA method of detection.

If your doctor gives you an UFIA to test your pancreas, I would strongly suggest getting a different doctor.


I think I need to find a different dentist.
 
2012-05-21 04:45:19 PM  

ambassador_ahab: germ78: Sure beats the current UFIA method of detection.

If your doctor gives you an UFIA to test your pancreas, I would strongly suggest getting a different doctor.


Also, phallus is spelled with a P.
 
2012-05-21 04:57:38 PM  

ambassador_ahab: germ78: Sure beats the current UFIA method of detection.

If your doctor gives you an UFIA to test your pancreas, I would strongly suggest getting a different doctor.


lol me fail.
 
2012-05-21 04:57:54 PM  
Wow, that's freaking awesome. Good for him!
 
2012-05-21 04:59:46 PM  

germ78: ambassador_ahab: germ78: Sure beats the current UFIA method of detection.

If your doctor gives you an UFIA to test your pancreas, I would strongly suggest getting a different doctor.

lol me fail.


I swear to god I read it as prostate.
 
2012-05-21 05:05:09 PM  
That's good news. A good friend's mother died a couple of years ago from pancreatic cancer, it's a really bad disease. If only they caught it earlier.
 
2012-05-21 05:12:53 PM  
Yes but does it detect THC usage past 2 months? this technology is needed. so that we may make a new class of human: the unemployable. simply because they smoked weed sometime in their life.
 
2012-05-21 05:12:56 PM  
TommyymmoT [TotalFark] 2012-05-21 04:38:33 PM

ambassador_ahab: germ78: Sure beats the current UFIA method of detection.

If your doctor gives you an UFIA to test your pancreas, I would strongly suggest getting a different doctor.

I think I need to find a different dentist.



Thanks for the belly laugh.
 
2012-05-21 05:16:39 PM  
Well done sciency 15 year old, I truly hope you reap the profits from your inspiration and not some corporation.
 
2012-05-21 05:16:42 PM  
Big deal - when I was 15 I found a potato that looked just like Richard Nixon. So where's my farking $75,000.
 
2012-05-21 05:17:09 PM  
If it really does this, then he deserves a whole hell of a lot more that 75 grand.

My college roommate's father died of pancreatic cancer our senior year. It's an evil disease, largely because by the time there are symptoms it's generally too late to do anything but update your will.
 
2012-05-21 05:20:02 PM  
...showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive

What the hell? It's 28x faster, AND 28x less expensive? How in the hell is that the same number?

Was the old test priced by how long it took to complete?

"We'll have the results for you in 7 hours, so we'll just charge you by the hour while you wait"
 
2012-05-21 05:20:16 PM  
A simple urine test requires just using your nose in the subway anytime three hours after sunset or three before sunrise. It also works in elevators.
 
2012-05-21 05:21:18 PM  
100 times more sensitive

The old test was accurate 0.9% of the time?

Let's face it, the old test sucks ass.
 
2012-05-21 05:23:13 PM  

TommyymmoT: or at the very least a full boat scholarship at the university of his choice.


Yeah, I don't think that will be a problem for this kid.
 
2012-05-21 05:23:34 PM  
15 you say. Maybe I should have spent my high school years studying instead of drinking beer in a woods or field.
 
2012-05-21 05:23:55 PM  

trivial use of my dark powers: My college roommate's father died of pancreatic cancer our senior year. It's an evil disease, largely because by the time there are symptoms it's generally too late to do anything but update your will.


Yeppers. My friend is a surgical oncologist. She had a family friend diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and one of his family members called her hoping for a second opinion. Her answer: "There is no second opinion with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Make him/her comfortable and prepare for the inevitable."
 
2012-05-21 05:24:05 PM  

Christian Bale: 100 times more sensitive

The old test was accurate 0.9% of the time?

Let's face it, the old test sucks ass.


more like you needed a sample 100 times as large I think. IE, if this one can detect 1 cancer cell in 1000, the old one would require 100x as many cancel cell sin the sample.
 
2012-05-21 05:24:50 PM  
ANYTHING we can do against pancan (or cancer in general) is worth doing.
 
2012-05-21 05:25:29 PM  
$75k is a little low for potentially saving my life from possible genetic pancreatic cancer.
 
2012-05-21 05:26:52 PM  
Cheap eh. Wait till the AmeriKKKan For-Profit Sociopathic "Health"-care Industrial Complex hears about it.

Then the tests will be $1,000 each instead of $10.

Because it makes no sense to have health a fundamental right and benefit of living and participating in a modern civilization.
 
2012-05-21 05:28:03 PM  
If it does what it supposedly does, rest assured that he'll make a lot of money. He'll also save tens or hundreds of thousands of lives, because detecting it early has always been the issue...most people don't present symptoms until it's much too late. Not bad for a kid in the tenth grade.
 
2012-05-21 05:28:26 PM  
I tell ya, this kids a real pisser.

/sorry
 
2012-05-21 05:28:38 PM  
Good for him.
 
2012-05-21 05:29:34 PM  

leonel: $75k is a little low for potentially saving my life from possible genetic pancreatic cancer.


I suspect that given these are teenagers that no one really expected something this amazing from them.

But, don't worry, the company that is makes and distributes the current slower and more expensive method will purchase out his rights to this test for a cool million, and then immediately kill it.
 
2012-05-21 05:29:46 PM  
Does he get to keep the patent?
 
2012-05-21 05:30:28 PM  
sorry, but a 15 year old did not do this science project. the kid is likely very smart and very hard working and he *might* fully understand his project, however his parents must work in a laboratory setting and surely were the ones who contributed the lion's share of the thought processes involved in making the project work.
 
2012-05-21 05:31:05 PM  
I wish I could find an article with more specific information about what his test is actually looking at.
 
2012-05-21 05:32:09 PM  

Christian Bale: 100 times more sensitive

The old test was accurate 0.9% of the time?

Let's face it, the old test sucks ass.


To paraphrase Chris Rock: "Lets face it, they ain't ever gonna find a cure for cancer. They're still mad about the money the lost off polio!"
 
2012-05-21 05:32:36 PM  
If I had just dedicated my life to studying more about poop when I was younger I might have invented some cool test at a young age too.
 
2012-05-21 05:35:22 PM  
Yeah, and somebody's gonna take that kid's invention and piss on it.

/wait, wut?
 
2012-05-21 05:36:49 PM  
I don't know if this means that the kid is extremelly smart or that there are plenty of low hanging fruits in medicine which aren't plucked because that would put a dent in how they overcharge every single treatment.
 
2012-05-21 05:37:10 PM  

SonikTooth: sorry, but a 15 year old did not do this science project. the kid is likely very smart and very hard working and he *might* fully understand his project, however his parents must work in a laboratory setting and surely were the ones who contributed the lion's share of the thought processes involved in making the project work.


This is true. Even if this test works as advertised (results are unlikely to be this clear once larger and perhaps more diverse study cohorts are investigated), he definitely had a ton of help. If neither of his parents run a lab, a family friend does.

/Cancer researcher
 
2012-05-21 05:37:28 PM  
This should have been an Apple prize instead of an Intel prize.
 
2012-05-21 05:38:06 PM  

SonikTooth: sorry, but a 15 year old did not do this science project. the kid is likely very smart and very hard working and he *might* fully understand his project, however his parents must work in a laboratory setting and surely were the ones who contributed the lion's share of the thought processes involved in making the project work.


I don't doubt the kid, but I wondered where he got the samples?
Did he get a hold of a few thousand urine samples, and then track the donors for a few years to see who contracted cancer?
 
2012-05-21 05:39:55 PM  

JeffreyScott: leonel: $75k is a little low for potentially saving my life from possible genetic pancreatic cancer.

I suspect that given these are teenagers that no one really expected something this amazing from them.

But, don't worry, the company that is makes and distributes the current slower and more expensive method will purchase out his rights to this test for a cool million, and then immediately kill it.


The system works!
 
2012-05-21 05:40:07 PM  

Snarfangel: This should have been an Apple prize instead of an Intel prize.


It's what's on the inside that counts.
 
2012-05-21 05:40:08 PM  
I lol at you cynical farkers thinking that big pharma/medical complex will shiat-can this test. Patients with pancreatic cancer died WAY to quickly to make any real money off them. The medical industry will accept this with open arms and it will be on every physical by this time next year.
 
2012-05-21 05:41:06 PM  
Yes, very impressive and good on him.
For the medical people around here the FA lacks a bit more detail.
I'm going to take a stab that his dipstick detects excessive urine bilirubin, which is not always an indication of "pancreatic cancer".
The only definitive testing will involve CT/MRI, Liver function tests (blood) and the most accurate, biopsy of the pancreas. Usually a dipstick test for anything will lead to more extensive testing if abnormal results are found.
In any event, this kid is a smart guy, and I'm sure he'll go far.
 
2012-05-21 05:41:14 PM  

Lone Stranger: If I had just dedicated my life to studying more about poop when I was younger I might have invented some cool test at a young age too.


Same here. I should have thought of playing with people's poop as something more than just a hobby.
 
2012-05-21 05:41:40 PM  

TommyymmoT: I don't doubt the kid, but I wondered where he got the samples?
Did he get a hold of a few thousand urine samples, and then track the donors for a few years to see who contracted cancer?


"Hi, I'm your next door neighbor. May I borrow a cup of urine?"
 
2012-05-21 05:42:55 PM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: I wish I could find an article with more specific information about what his test is actually looking at.


I agree. Would love to have the details.
 
2012-05-21 05:44:18 PM  
does it involve tasting it?
 
2012-05-21 05:44:32 PM  

JeffreyScott: leonel: $75k is a little low for potentially saving my life from possible genetic pancreatic cancer.

I suspect that given these are teenagers that no one really expected something this amazing from them.

But, don't worry, the company that is makes and distributes the current slower and more expensive method will purchase out his rights to this test for a cool million, and then immediately kill it.


that would be unbelievably stupid. Since now all their competitors know this exists and would be pouring millions into doing something just a little bit different.

They would buy it and then lobby state governments to make yearly tests mandatory for public school attendance.
 
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