How to become a cancer researcher when you return 18

Lucas Penny's decision to start her dream career in high school was very simple. Notes

Here's the question: if there is something you like to do, and you know that you want to try it as a career, what are you waiting for? In any case, the time between this and the prom will pass. There is no real, officially forced entry line to the marathon of your career

You can start right now

Take Lucas Penny, a student at Grimsby's high school, as an example of what happens when he works. It has already developed a breast cancer detection device under the age of 18

Think about what it means: to develop a device, Lucas works in a lab from the ninth grade (yes, you've read that right). And he didn' t have any good parents to help him get there, and Lucas got into his own

I started working, sending around 20 to 25 professors at McMaster's University, just looking at different fields to see if I could work at some research lab

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I made this device, he uses saliva samples as an early definition if you have breast cancer or not. To do this, you need to get some genetic information called RNA. In fact, no one was able to use saliva as a breast cancer test before or even tested the method

I started in eighth grade. I wanted to get into medical research, but I didn' t really have a clue what part of the drug I was interested in, and I thought it was best for me to get into it to get into the lab

I started working, sending around 20 to 25 professors at McMaster's University, just looking at different fields to see if I could work at some research lab. I got help from an 8-teacher teaching class to write letters, because in eighth grade, I had no experience with teachers and other information

Only one professor answered me

Only one professor answered me. But she said she was interested, we met for an interview, she gave me three reading books, and then two months later, I started a study in her lab. We were looking for Alzheimer's with mouse models

I've been working in this first lab for about three years. Then, in the 10th grade, a close friend of the family was diagnosed with breast cancer, so I wanted to shift focus from the Alzheimer's study to what I personally experienced

I had to send over 350 e-mails to various faculty members in the field

Also, when I was working on models of mice, he didn' t feel that it applied to what was happening in the real world, because with the mice, you could take brain tissue to diagnose the disease. It's impossible to do with a person, obviously. This prompted me to take a noninvasive approach to diagnostics, for example, saliva samples. I've already learned a little bit of biological information, so I took these aspects of what I went to in the first lab, and I created a proposition for her

When I walk through my proposal, I was lucky to have a very good foundation for understanding the material I was working with. I had to send over 350 e-mails to various faculty members in the field. I spent a lot of time writing these letters so that they would be laconic, as well as professionals, to show that I wasn't just some guy who wanted to spin

Funny story, I sent a message on the whole building at the university, and then this one guy sent me a message, and he said, "please stop sending people to my lab." He wasn't too impressed

I believe that only four of those who received my offer came back to me to say that they were interesting

When I was younger, getting a lot of rejection was a little sad. I believe that only four of those who received my proposal to diagnose cancer/breast cancer have come back to me to say that they are interesting

This is the biggest thing that helped me move forward, not just with my research, but with who I am as a person, found a professional or someone in my field, who was ready to help young people. A mentor, mostly. Without that mentor, I wouldn't be able to do what I did

The search for a person who wants to help you will separate you from other people who are just trying to deal with something on their own

The search for someone who wants to help you will separate you from other people who are just trying to do something on their own. Not that it would be bad for yourself, but I feel that someone who is very knowledgeable and has great experience is capable of many questions that you have, you have the rights to move forward with what you want to do

I had to miss a lot of school so that my research would be completed. I think last semester I missed 30 or 40 days at school, so there was a lot of time I would have had to do after

It took a long time to know that it would eventually work

I didn' t just have to go to the lab from 9 to 6, I had to go home, and I had to make up for some time at school from the day or not to face the consequences

Persistence. So when I was trying to get my offer, trying to deal with my device, or when biology was sorted out, it took a long time to really know that it would eventually work. And if it wasn't at once, it wasn't big because I had time to move on

I'm going to use my summer time. Then I hope to go to university next year for biomedical engineering, because it looks like a huge step. That means I can get access to a large sample of the samples, for example. I also want to consider the various options I can take with my project, for example, to work on a device or to work with a business party

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Thein is a political science student at the University of Guelph. She loves boring friends with political news and surprisingly smooth on the dance floor