A 16-year-old boy claims to have discovered the cure for one of the most dangerous forms of breast cancer. Krtin Nithiyanandam from Epsom, Surrey, believes he has found a way to turn the most deadly form of triple negative breast cancer into one, which is responsive to treatment.
The teenager, who won the Google Science Fair in 2015 for creating an Alzheimer’s test, which can spot early signs of the disease, has been working on the therapy in his school lab.
“Most cancers have receptors on their surface which bind to treatment drugs like Tamoxifen but triple negative don’t have receptors so the drugs don’t work,” Krtin said.
“The prognosis for women with undifferentiated [where the cells get stuck in a dangerous aggressive form] cancer isn’t very good so the goal is to turn the cancer back to a state where it can be treated.
“The ID4 protein actually stops undifferentiated stem cell cancers from differentiating [a form where the cells tend to growand multiply slowly] so you have to block ID4 to allow the cancer to differentiate.
“I have found a way to silence the genes that produce ID4 which turns cancer back into a less dangerous state,” Krtin added.
Krtin is hoping to gain interest from the scientific community to develop the work further.
Around 7,500 women are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer every year.