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Jorge Soto speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Jorge Soto speaks at TEDGlobal 2014. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Cancer detection technologist Jorge Soto is developing a simple, non-invasive, open-source test for early detection of multiple forms of cancer. He demonstrated a working prototype of this cancer detection platform for the first time today on the TED stage in Brazil.

About a year ago, Jorge Soto’s aunt started suffering back pain. It was a normal injury for someone who played tennis for 30 years, but when she wasn’t feeling better after a while, doctors decided to do further tests. First they did X-rays. Then they did a biopsy. Finally, they discovered that his aunt had stage 3 lung cancer, even though she had no risk factors — this is a woman who never smoked or drank, who had been playing sports half her life. Perhaps that’s why it took almost six months to get her properly diagnosed. Does this story seem familiar? It…

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