Texas girl wins $ 25K for developing potential COVID-19 treatment

A Texas whizkid has been awarded $ 25,000 – which could lead to possible COVID-19 treatments to develop.

KTVT reported that 14-year-old Anika Chebrolu from Frisco won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in which a portion of the coronovirus may be crippled.

“Quite exciting. I’m still trying to process everything,” he told the local station. “I’ve developed this molecule that can bind to a certain protein on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” ..By binding it, it will inhibit the function of the protein. ”

Prior to the epidemic, eighth-graders had been sliced ​​into making a drug to fight the seasonal flu – but their plans changed due to the coronovirus crisis.

To come up with the treatment, she used computer programs to determine how and where the molecule would attach to the virus.

Chabrolu said she was forced to hunt for treatment given the devastating effects of coronovirus. He praised his grandfather for inspiring him.

“My grandfather, when I was younger, he always pushed me towards science. He was actually a chemistry professor, and he always told me to learn the periodic table of elements and all these things about science, and over time, I just loved it. ”

The Young Scientist Challenge is a competition for middle-schoolers by Discovery Education and 3M companies.