A Texas whizkid was awarded $ 25,000 – for the development could lead to a possible COVID-19 treatment.
Frisco Anika Chebrolu, 14, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work creating a molecule that could land part of the coronavirus, KTVT reported.
“It’s exciting. I’m still trying to process everything,” she told the local station. “I developed this molecule that can bind to a specific protein in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. … By binding it, it will stop the protein function. ”
Prior to the pandemic, the eighth grade was devoting to creating medicine to fight seasonal flu – but its plan changed when the coronavirus crisis broke out.
To identify the treatment, he used computer programs to identify how and where the molecule would interact with the virus.
Chebrolu said he was forced to take medicine after seeing the harmful effects of coronavirus. He praised his grandfather for inspiring him.
“My grandfather, when I was young, he always pushed me towards science. He was really a chemistry professor, and he always told me to find out the periodic table of elements and find out all the this thing is about science, and over time, I just liked it, “she said.
The Young Scientist Challenge is a competition held for middle-schoolers by companies Discovery Education and 3M.