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Texas teen wins $25K for work on the possible solution for COVID-19
ByHarshal 19 Oct 2020 10:22 PM 309

Every one of us is worried about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Still, people are working hard to find a way out to fight with the virus.

One Texas teen, 14-year old, 8th grader just won $25,000 for her outstanding work on a possible virus solution. Anika Chebrolu of Frisco has won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her study on COVID-19.

Anika started her project to fight the flu, but when the pandemic hit the count, she diverted her attention to figuring out COVID-19. Her invention could help scientists find a viable treatment for the virus.

In her project, Anika used in-silico methodology for drug discovery. She found out a molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to find a cure for COVID-19.

According to reports from 3M, During her research, she screened millions of small molecules for drug-likeness properties, ADMET properties, and binding affinities against the spike protein using numerous software tools.The one molecule with the best pharmacological and biological activity towards the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was chosen as the lead molecule, which can be a potential drug for the effective treatment of COVID-19.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge showcased its top ten finalist projects and announced this year's winner via a virtual event. Anika won the Grand prize.

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