Texas : 8th grade Indian-American won a $25,000 grand prize in the ‘3M Young Scientist Challenge’ in an attempt to find a possible cure for the outbreak of COVID-19.
Anika Chebrolu, 14, from Nelson Middle School in Frisco (Texas), uses an in-silicon methodology for drug discovery to find molecules that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to treat the COVID-19 pandemic. is.
It should be noted that the United States is the country most affected by the coronavirus worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University, 81,55,894 have been confirmed to have been infected so far, and 2,19,679 have been reported dead.
Youngscientistlab’s website quoted Anika as saying, “Since childhood, I have always been amazed by scientific experiments and after a serious infection last year I was drawn to finding an effective treatment for influenza disease.”
“I want to learn more from 3M scientists who are pursuing my drug development,” she said. With their help, I would like to perform in vitro and in vivo testing of my major drug candidates.”
When asked about her favorite inventions over the past 100 years, she said, “My favorite invention is the Internet because I can navigate a lot with just a few clicks. It became a treasure trove of information and became valuable information. It is an asset for pursuing knowledge and conducting research anytime, anywhere. It’s amazing how vast, profound and unimaginable a world without internet can be. Much more can be achieved and enthusiasm when combined with proper judgment and use. Every time you use it, it unlocks its potential. “
Anika, who hopes to become a medical researcher and professor 15 years later, told CNN: “Over the past two days, I’ve seen a lot of media hype about my project because it’s been associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reflects our collective. Like everyone else, I hope to return to my normal life soon. “
“After spending a lot of time on pandemic, virus, and drug discovery, it was crazy to think I was really going through this,” Anika said.
A judge from the 3M Young Scientist Challenge told CNN, “Anika is curious and used her curiosity to ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge Top 10 includes students from public and private schools across the U.S. and each finalist of US$1,000, the ability to work virtually with 3M scientists who will mentor them as they advance their invention from idea to prototype. Opportunity included.
Anika, who received the title of the best young scientist in the United States, can also receive a “one night, two days trip”.
Meanwhile, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, there were a total of 4,00,88,893 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, and 11,14,391 people succumbed to the deadly virus.