Google Science Fair grand prize winner
Teen develops cancer-diagnosing app
- Duration 3:56
- Date Jul 28, 2012
Teen develops cancer-diagnosing app
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This high school science fair winner created an app they can diagnose breast cancer with nine -- 9% accuracy.
How did she do it and what's next for the seventeen year old my -- Joining us now is Britney Wenger sees the grand prize winner of the Google science fair that took place out there Palo Alto -- nice to see this morning.
Nice to see -- and congratulations on your big victory did you think you're gonna pull it out.
You know there were fourteen other incredible projects there and I'm just so honored that the judges who really where -- his -- science.
Are recognizing their work like that.
It is remarkable for a seventeen your personal to recognize that you know the who's who in science proficiency could recognize these individual.
-- -- about my childhood while.
Your heads above that but.
You've got into the medical profession at a young age you were fascinated by an obviously computer science what drove you to wanna learn that's.
Right so when I was little my little brother was born premature and so I spent a lot of time in the hospitals and I really -- to idolize the men and the women in Scott's.
And as I got older I really saw that when you can and -- computer science but other fields of science there was so much potential so.
And seventh grade I about a programming back in decided that that was what I was going to do with my life and with no experience.
I say trying -- decode.
Then -- breast cancer is really natural evolution says -- is take -- Left for medicine in my left for computer science -- -- them to really case something that can save lives.
China Britney I'm not all that bright.
So I read through how the app works -- a tech guy and I was thinking this is kind of over my head so continuing layman's terms explain it to me like on the four year old.
How your app actually could save lives.
All right so the -- where it's as actually was able to teach the computer how to diagnose breast cancer.
So because of -- can detect patterns that are too complicated.
For humans says -- which is really important because currently at least invasive form a -- breast biopsy for breast cancer.
It's actually the least -- so a lot of doctors can't use them but using my act the doctors are able to have this tool that can detect these patterns.
I can make -- -- conclusive to the point where -- 99 point 1% sensitive to malignancy so let me get this right you -- a computer.
Yes so on the art festival -- there that think yeah.
-- -- -- some some statistics are on the screen for our audience to put this in perspective on exactly how breast cancer and cancer in the United States is affecting Americans look at this 225000.
Women will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer 40000 women will die of breast cancer this year.
95% of all women.
Diagnose are over forty this hit home for you because you have family that was affected by this tell us about that.
-- I've had a lot of family members and family friends have had cancer and a few of them -- specifically had breast cancer so.
When I actually started this research my cousin had recently been diagnosed as -- in -- -- now in doing great but.
It definitely in.
Gave me that personal connection in just -- my passion for the street -- so what's next for you got the big -- war which would be enough for me and you.
You also got a 50000 dollar scholarship you've looked at a few universities what's next for Britney.
Well on this year I want a lot of amazing prizes is actually get to get that co -- events -- national -- geographic aspirants.
And I get to get it give -- -- tail end but.
I'm -- rising seniors I'm looking at -- I really liked our man at duke Yale Harvard and I just -- stand Fred.
Not really sure exactly -- -- but I really wanna do an undergraduate in computer science.
And biology and then be able to continue to medical school.
Because I want to be on the cancer front here finding -- stories and helping treat patients and really working with a team that's making this great -- here incredible kid congratulations on you -- -- Under the end being the sky's the limit for you and we are lucky to have you in this country -- he should run for president -- that much distance.