In the fight against the coronavirus, all efforts are few. Even if they come from unexpected places, like an institute. It is the case of Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old adolescent who has developed a possible treatment against Covid-19.
Anika studies at Independence High School in Frisco, Texas. The young woman won a contest, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, for his work in the identification of a drug to treat Covid-19. For this award he has won a prize of $ 25,000, just over 21,000 euros.
The young woman has developed, while she was in eighth grade, a molecule that binds to a protein in the SARS-CoV-2 virus and in short, stops the virus from working.
Anika came to her find with a database of over 682 million compounds, and using a computer program he discovered how and where the molecule would bind to the virus.
The girl was working on her science project to find remedies for the seasonal flu, but when the pandemic broke out, directed his investigations against the coronavirus.
For Anika, her main inspiration has been his grandfather, a chemistry teacher, who instilled in him a love of science.