CROWNSVILLE, Md. — An openly gay teen scientist has been honored by the Vatican for his work to develop a cost-effective method to detect pancreatic cancer.
Jack Andraka, a high school junior from Crownsville, Md., was awarded the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for his work Saturday. The Vatican awards the prize to recognize youth who are positive role models and outstanding in their fields.
Andraka was hoping to meet Pope Francis while he is in Rome.
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He told WBAL Radio he felt is was amazing to be recognized by the Vatican even though he is gay. He says it shows how much the world has grown to accept gay people.
Andraka developed the cancer test when he was 15 after the death of a family friend from pancreatic cancer.
He is talking with two biotech firms to manufacture the test.