A possible cure for the novel coronavirus may be in sight through the innovation of a 14-year-old.
Indian American, Anika Chebrolu recently won 3M’s Young Scientist Challenge after discovering a drug that could provide a treatment for the coronavirus, according to the competition’s website.
Using an in-silico methodology — an approach made through the use of a computer, according to Drug Discovery and Evaluation: Safety and Pharmacokinetic Assays — Chebrolu was able to find a molecule that can “selectively bind to the Spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” 3M said.
With her discovery, Chebrolu not only found a potential cure for COVID-19 but also won $25,000 in prize money.
“I saw that there is a lot of media hype about my project since it involves the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it reflects our collective hopes to end this pandemic as I, like everyone else, wish that we go back to our normal lives soon,” Chebrolu told CNN.
“I have always been amazed by science experiments since my childhood and I was drawn towards finding effective cures for Influenza disease after a severe bout of the infection last year,” Chebrolu explained in her website profile.