This 14 YO Indian American may have just discovered potential Covid treatment
Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Texas, has won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work on a potential drug to treat COVID-19. The seventh grader would receive $25,000 (approximately Rs 18,61,000) as prize money.
Anika found a molecule that can attach to a protein on the new coronavirus. This could stop the virus from entering a cell. Her discovery could increase a drug’s effectiveness in fighting the disease.
Though her original idea for the project was focused on the flu, the coronavirus pandemic changed her plans. In order to find a potential drug for the highly infectious virus, she used multiple computer programs to identify how and where the molecule would bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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DescriptionThe Young Scientist Challenge is a youth science and engineering competition administered by Discovery Education and 3M for middle school students in the United States, similar to the European Union Contest for Young Scientists