Stephen Colbert Talks To Jack Andraka, 16-Year-Old Gay Genius Who’s Saving Your Life From Cancer: WATCH

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We’ve  already gushed about Jack Andraka, the 16-year-old gay science student who developed an amazing new test that can detect  pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer earlier, faster and with astronomically better precision than current screening methods. (Like, 400 times more precise.)

Last night, Andraka popped up on The Colbert Report, where Stephen Colbert shared our amazement at his preternatural gifts. When Jack Andraka we were 16 we stuck a fork in a socket and shorted out the lights.

Andraka—who still appears to be sporting braces—was inspired by his uncle’s death from pancreatic cancer, which only sees a 5.5% survival rate after five years. His method—which detects an increase of a protein that signals the presence of certain cancer cells—is 168 times faster and 26,000 times cheaper than what’s currently used.

And it can also track HIV, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

When once asked by a reporter if girls or alcohol get in the way of his scientific achievements, JAck replied, “I’m gay, so no. And I wouldn’t know where to find alcohol.”

We love this kid!

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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