"It's really amazing to be recognized by the Vatican, especially as a gay scientist. I mean this would be unheard of just a few years ago. To be part of this bridge of progress is really amazing. It just shows how much the world has grown to accept people that are gay and are LGBT."
-- Sixteen year old Jack Andraka, on being awarded the Vatican's Internazionale Giuseppe Sciacca Award in recognition of his work developing of a new diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer, and potentially other illnesses.
Ed. Note: this post initially had the young man's last name as Ankara rather than Andraka. We apologize and regret the error