Stephen Colbert Gushes Over Gay Teen Science Prodigy

By Jase Peeples

Originally published on Advocate.com October 31 2013 1:50 PM ET

Jack Andraka, the gay teen who became known as the “Boy Wonder” of science after his work in developing a new method to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer earned him the grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, stopped by The Colbert Report last night to talk about his incredible discovery.

In true Stephen Colbert fashion, the show’s host praised the prodigy between bouts of good-natured teasing as Andraka demonstrated how the test he developed to detect several types of cancer works.

“I gotta say, for your social life, that’s a great pickup line,” Colbert teased. “’Hey, do you have pancreatic cancer? Would you like to find out?’”

Watch a clip from Andraka’s appearance in the video below.


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