Friday, October 11, 2013

60 minutes to profile remarkable gay 15-year-old who won top 2012 Intel science prize

Also: The L.A. Times calls a different segment of the upcoming 60 Minutes episode featuring Jack Andraka, a "shameful attack on disabled"

Jack Andraka, a gay, now-16-year-old Maryland student, developed a test using a single-wall carbon nanotube which detects pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer in their early stages when up to a 50% survival rate is possible.
     His test costs three cents and takes five minutes. It is 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and 400 times more sensitive than the current diagnostic standard.
     He sent his proposal to more than 200 professors at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins and got 197 rejection emails and one acceptance — from Dr. Anirban Maitra, Professor of Pathology, Oncology and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

     This story brings up another issue: the predatory pricing of publishers of academic journals. Had the information Andraka initially needed been locked up behind a confiscatory paywall, he wouldn't have been able to succeed.
     A revolt is forming against these companies.

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