Indian-American Girl Anika Chebrolu Awarded $25,000 For Research to Find COVID-19 Treatment
Fourteen-year-old Anika Chebrolu — an Indian girl from Texas — has been awarded $25,000 for conducting a research on a potential COVID-19 treatment. According to CNN, Chebrolu is working on a potential drug to cure coronavirus and has won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for remarkable early findings.
The early findings of Chebrolu shows that a particular molecule can be developed to bind with a coronavirus protein and prevent the virus from functioning.
“I developed this molecule that can bind to a certain protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This protein by binding to it it will stop the function of the protein,” Chebrolu said as quoted as saying by ABC News.
“It’s exciting. I’m still trying to process everything,” she added.
Chebrolu said her study was not on the coronavirus in the beginning as she was studying the seasonal flu. However, when the pandemic hit, Chebrolu changed her plans and started to work on a potential drug that could prevent the functioning of the highly infectious virus.
Chebrolu used many computer programs for her research and development of the molecule that could bind with the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the human body. Scientifically speaking, Chebrolu used the in-silico methodology for her discovery.
Is it not confirmed whether Chebrolu’s discovery has been tested on a live model or not.
Crediting her grandfather for her interest and success in science, Chebrolu said: “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 learn the periodic table of the elements and learn all these things about science and over time I just grew to love it.”
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