May 25th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

High school freshman wins prize for early pancreatic cancer detection test

Jack Andraka, a 15-year-old high school freshman, is the young man of the hour in the science world.

Last week, he won the $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh for a non-invasive and cheap way to detect pancreatic cancer.

Andraka appeard on CNN's "Early Start" Friday morning. Click here to watch the interview and read more about his prize-winning idea.

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