Monday, June 20, 2016

High school student researchers develop early detection test for ovarian cancer

Two students in a UC San Diego bioengineering lab are on the verge of a medical breakthrough -- and they're only in high school. Meet Gitanjali and Priyanka Multani, inventors of a new test for early detection of ovarian cancer.

"We've created a blood test essentially, so it's non-invasive, easier and more cost effective," Gitanjali said. Gitanjali and Priyanka are identical twins who will be seniors at Torrey Pines High School starting this fall. They developed the technology under the tutelage of UC San Diego bioengineering professor Ratnesh Lal. Their project tied for a first place ACS Science Award at the 62nd Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair on March 16, 2016.

Their story was featured on CW6 San Diego. Watch the interview and read the story here.

Update (7/13): the Multani twins and their work were also featured in the Del Mar Times.

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