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Stephen Colbert Talks to Gay Teen Science Prodigy Jack Andraka: VIDEO


Stephen Colbert last night welcomed Jack Andraka, the 16-year-old gay science genius who developed a groundbreaking new way to detect early stages of pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer.

Asked Colbert: "Have you thought about using your powers for evil, cause this is the age at which normally supervillains make the turn?"


If you missed Andraka's 60 Minutes segment, catch it HERE.


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  1. @ HENRY HUNTER If the label fits, fling it.

    Posted by: db | Oct 31, 2013 1:12:52 PM

  2. I think the dude's little bit of fem-edge totally adds to his charm. Really sad that so many men--gay and otherwise--have such ambivalence about the feminine and about themselves that this adorable young man's way of being himself bothers them. Well--they're the losers--he sure ain't.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Oct 31, 2013 1:36:30 PM

  3. @MX: Just FYFI: It's either regardless or irrespective. Irregardless n'exist pas on englais.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Oct 31, 2013 1:44:16 PM

  4. As someone who has lost a loved one to pancreatic cancer, I stand in awe of such genious and his desire to help with the early detection of a dreadful disease. Who gives a flying flip if he's gay, straight, butch, or a flaming queen!

    Posted by: GARY | Oct 31, 2013 2:24:03 PM

  5. Hey Miller--Hollywood girly-girl act? Is Hollywood REALLY your only frame of reference? Why not join us here in reality and see what it's like to have a perspective that isn't created, framed and regurgitated for you by some know-nothing writer in the Capital of Fake? Take a hard look. Do you, in your wildest dreams, think this young man has time to be bothered with the nonsensical lens through which you filter life? Just pathetic. You need help. I hope you're just a middle-schooler, because your postings surely sounds like it.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Oct 31, 2013 2:32:00 PM

  6. I see a trip to Stockholm for this young man to pick up a prize there...Nobel?

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 31, 2013 3:15:33 PM

  7. Knowing how the pharmaceutical industry works, he'll be burnt out by 25 waiting for them to act on his ideas. The pipeline from lab tests to clinical trials now is over 9 years and counting. He might be better off in Asia, where research is less tied to patents and drug trials.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 31, 2013 3:45:29 PM

  8. Miller, or should I say Rick, is the same tired troll peddling the same tired nonsense about the horrors of effeminacy.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 31, 2013 3:53:47 PM

  9. Miller, or should I say Rick, is the same tired troll peddling the same tired nonsense about the horrors of effeminacy.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 31, 2013 3:53:47 PM

  10. So did he say that what he's working on now is a project to have scientific papers be accessible for free?

    Reminds me of Aaron Schwartz. I hope it doesn't consume him.

    Posted by: Larry | Oct 31, 2013 3:54:37 PM

  11. @Derrick From Philly -

    I am glad to read that you are gay once again. For a while, you thought that you were something called LGBTTSQQIAAP, but like many mentally ill people, you eventually returned to sanity. Anyway, congratulations and welcome back to the gay community!

    Posted by: Matthew | Oct 31, 2013 4:28:46 PM

  12. one thing the hell whether he is gay or straight or anything else for that matter. here is a sixteen year old who created something that can save thousands of lives and all people see is his sexuality or if he is too girly acting . look to the achieve and let him decide how he wants to act and who he wants to love. he is amazing well poised smart, and very grounded .

    Posted by: walter | Oct 31, 2013 4:36:16 PM

  13. No need to flame Miller. He just doesn't want to see this kid adopt an unauthentic persona just because he thinks that that is the way gays "should" act. Unfortunately, gay boys get a lot of messages from society that they are not real men and should act like girls. If that is what is going on, then Miller is right to call it out. OTOH, if the kid is authentically fem, then no problem.

    Posted by: Jimmy Tyrell | Oct 31, 2013 4:36:22 PM

  14. ". For a while, you thought that you were something called LGBTTSQQIAAP, but like many mentally ill people, you eventually returned to sanity. Anyway, congratulations and welcome back to the gay community!"


    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 31, 2013 4:45:11 PM

  15. TED B.:
    You said: "kid in Arizona who built a working fusion reactor in his garage at 17 "
    It is misleading. Most experts working in fusion won't believe it. It would be a tremendous scientific breakthrough worthy of a Nobel prize. Yet no one ever heard of it.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 31, 2013 4:45:44 PM

  16. @joseph singer.

    "n'exist pas on englais"???

    Non. C'est:

    "n'existe pas en anglais"

    Ca c'est un fail.

    Posted by: Jaker | Oct 31, 2013 5:11:53 PM

  17. can we all admit that anyone watching this "gets" that he's gay. It doesnt need to be flashed across the screen.

    And the relevance of his sexuality is that he is an example to other LGBT kids who may be struggling either from bullying or with self-acceptance. SHEESH!

    Posted by: zabar | Oct 31, 2013 7:14:59 PM

  18. @Jaker — C'est "Ça, c'est une faute" ou "Ça, c'est une faille". Si vous préferez écriver en français, il vaut mieux le faire correctement.

    This guy is the new world. He does what he does because he is compelled to do it, and his sexuality has NOTHING to do with his accomplishments. He does not have to justify, glorify, deny, or dignify — he just IS. I CAN NOT WAIT to see what this young man does, it's going to be quite exciting to follow his career. He's charming, confident and I hope representative of a new generation of achievers who follow their dreams. And I really hope he finds himself the perfect boyfriend who gives him the love, appreciation and respect he so obviously deserves. Go Jake!

    His parents must be so proud…

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 31, 2013 7:21:10 PM

  19. he's a great role model and representative of his generation. he doesn't question himself and doesn't have to. he's just a smart kid who happens to be gay. way to go jack :). there are going to be some really lucky kids looking up to you. actually everyone is because you are going to change lives for the good.

    Posted by: m | Oct 31, 2013 10:40:05 PM

  20. Simon, the reactor was actually developed in a lab, Taylor Wilson plays with isotopes in his garage.


    Posted by: GreatLakeSailor | Oct 31, 2013 10:54:40 PM

  21. This is one of the most down-to-earth, non-affected teens around. Not sure why someone commented that he is putting on an act? He is totally himself and I wish other gay teens were like him - intellectual, concerned about helping others and being true to himself.

    Posted by: jonvincent | Oct 31, 2013 11:52:13 PM

  22. Je suis servi

    Posted by: Jaker | Nov 1, 2013 12:48:51 AM

  23. To Miller & JImmy Tyrell, he seemed perfectly authentic to me. He is downright adorable. You know what's not authentic? Bein obsessed with how masculine you are. You know what's really unattractive? Guys who are so uptight about their butchness that they lose any sort of personality or sex appeal. You know what else is unattractive? Gay men who spend their time judging the masculinity of other gay men. This kid has already accomplished more than either of you have in your much longer lives--you should be ashamed for judging him based on your own silly issues.

    Posted by: Daniel | Nov 1, 2013 1:08:23 AM

  24. Greatlakesailor:
    The article contains no details. It mentioned "At that point, only 10 individuals had managed to build working fusion reactors"
    As far as I know, there is no working fusion reactor. It may be still decades away. The best scientists have done was to sustain fusion for only less than a second.
    It is better to get your information from magazines like Nature and Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/) than Popular Science.
    Here is a Wiki which contains some useful information especially section 2.1 which will tell you the current status of nuclear fusion.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 1, 2013 1:44:01 AM

  25. This kid is awesome: funny, goofy, geeky, and brilliant. How could anyone possibly view his persona as unnatural or affected?

    Posted by: Fritz | Nov 1, 2013 7:25:02 AM

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