Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son’s Cancer Diagnosis

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/05/06/309003098/chemist-turns-software-developer-after-sons-cancer-diagnosis/

A scientist’s ambitious plan to create an early detection system for eye cancer using people’s home cameras is coming along.

Last fall, we told you about Bryan Shaw’s scheme. He believes parents’ cameras can reveal whether their baby has┬áleukocoria, a white glow coming from the pupil when you shine a light in their eyes. This so-called white eye can be an early sign of retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer.

Children with the disease develop tumors on their retinas at the back of their eyeballs. Shaw wants to make software that will recognize this leukocoria.