Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old of Indian descent, won the 2020 3M Challenge and won a prize of हजार 25,000, or Rs 18,35,375.
Texas, October 19: Scientists around the world are working day and night to find a cure for coronavirus. Similarly, a 14-year-old girl has surprised everyone by seeking treatment for corona. Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old of Indian descent, won the 2020 3M Challenge and won a prize of 25,000, or Rs 18,35,375. Anika has explored the possibility of providing therapy on Covid-19.
The therapy discovered by Anika can cure a corona patient. Anika discovered a molecule to bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For this she has used the in-silico method. Speaking to CNN about the project, Anika said, “Over the last couple of days, I have seen my project being discussed. It involves the SARS-Cavi-2 virus and this therapy will try to control the corona. I think we should all live as before.” ”
The virus, which has spread from China, has killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide. More than 2.19 million people have died in the United States, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
Anika, who is an Indian-American, introduced the project when she was 8 years old. However, she had no idea that this therapy would be useful for the treatment of covid-19. Initially, her goal was to use in-silico methods to identify lead compounds that bind to influenza virus proteins.
Anika said, “I have been researching the Corona virus for a long time. The idea that we are living like this is also insane. Covid-19 is spreading all over the world. With the help, SARS-CoV-2 decided to change direction. ”
The 1918 flu pandemic struck the United States. Thousands die every year. The death toll was rising every year despite vaccinations and anti-influenza drugs on the market. Anika’s project was filed in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Meanwhile, Anika also said that even though you have received the Young Scientist Award, her work is not over.