At an age when most kids are worried about braces, 14-year-old Ray Bateman Jr. had a different problem Friday: presenting his research on a cancer cure to the American Federation for Clinical Research.

He needn't have worried.The Huntington Beach, Calif., computer whiz received two rounds of applause from two dozen researchers at least three times his age after his slide show and speech.

Bateman was accompanied by his parents and his next-door neighbor and research partner, cancer expert Dr. Glenn Tisman.

The pair worked on a plan to combine a chemical, 5-Fluorodeoxyuridine - 5FUdR for short - with a vitamin derivative in an effort to kill cancer cells, the teenager said.