The girl from Frisco won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and a cash prize of $25,000 (£19,300) for creating a molecule that could diminish the efficiency of the virus.
A 14-year-old Indian-American girl proposed a treatment that has the potential to treat the deadly Covid-19. The girl from Frisco won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and a cash prize of $25,000 (£19,300) for creating a molecule that could diminish the efficiency of the virus. Amazing, isn't it?
Anika Chebrolu's theory has yet to be tested, however, if the proposed treatment works, it could bring a revolution to the world shaken by the loss of several lives.
Anika explained her working while talking to local media outlet KTVT. "It's exciting. I'm still trying to process everything. I developed this molecule that can bind to a certain protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. By binding to it, it will stop the function of the protein," the genius teenager said.
Anika shared that she had been focused on creating a drug that could help fight seasonal flu but once the coronavirus hit she decided to turn her considerable intellect to the challenge at hand. The 14-year-old took the help of computer technology to understand where the molecule would have to bind to the virus, and what effects that would have.
It was her grandpa and the huge consequences of the virus that pushed Anika to work towards developing a treatment to fight the Covid-19.
"My grandpa when I was younger, he always used to push me toward science. He was actually a chemistry professor, and he used to always tell me to learn the periodic table of the elements and learn all these things about science, and over time, I just grew to love it," she said.
Denise Rutherford, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at 3M, said, "Amidst the challenges of a global pandemic, quality STEM education for all has become an even more urgent need, and 3M's commitment to fostering the next generation of science leaders has never been more determined. In spite of challenges, like adjusting to new norms of distance learning and participating in virtual events, this year's 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists have smashed through barriers with grit, creativity, innovative thinking, and excitement - all in the name of applying science to improve lives."
"3M is inspired by these young innovators and we celebrate each one of them. Our heartfelt congratulations go to this year's winner, Anika Chebrolu, and our many thanks to all our 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists," he added.
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