Texas teen earns $ 25,000 for creating possible treatment for COVID-19


FRISCO, Texas – A 14-year-old Texan teenager earned $ 25,000 for creating a potential treatment for the coronavirus, according to 3M.

Anika Chebrolu, an eighth grader at Nelson Middle School in Frisco, Texas, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for discovering a drug that could help treat patients with COVID-19. 3M is an American manufacturing company based in Minnesota.

According to the 3M Challenge website, Chebrolu used “an in-silico drug discovery methodology to find a molecule that can selectively bind to the Spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an effort to find a cure. the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

You can see his video input below:

Chebrolu decided to participate in the Young Scientist Challenge after battling a serious influenza infection last year. She wanted to find a cure for the flu; however, that all changed after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, according to 3M.

“I was drawn to finding effective cures for influenza illness after a severe bout of the infection last year,” Chebrolu said. “I would like to learn more about the scientists at 3M to further develop my drug and, with their help, I would like to conduct in vitro and in vivo testing of my lead drug candidate.

Chebrolu was one of 10 finalists for this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In addition to the cash award, she also received exclusive 3M mentorship.

For more information on Chebrolu, or the challenge, click here.

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