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Courtesy: Simon Fraser University

Courtesy: Simon Fraser University

VANCOUVER – A 15-year-old student in Canada has created something recently that many researchers spend their entire lives trying to develop.

According to Simon Fraser University, 10th grader Nicole Ticea has created an HIV test that can tell patients if they have been infected with the virus almost immediately.

Officials say Ticea’s test can analyze a drop of blood on a lab chip by using Isothermic Nucleic Acid Amplification¬†and is said to be nearly as simple as a pregnancy test.

In an interview with Global News, a graduate student says Ticea’s test could save thousands of lives.

Gursev Anmole, who helped Ticea develop the test, said, “Nicole’s work really made me realize what a big different a fast easy-to-administer test for early stage HIV infection could make in prolonging, if not saving, thousands of lives in developing countries.”

Ticea won first place in this year’s B.C. Regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge.

She will now compete against students across Canada for the national title.

Click here for the full story from Simon Fraser University.