The race of scientists for an effective treatment in the Covid-19 combat won another “competitor”. A young Texas student named Anika Chebrolu, 14, received the 2020 Best Young Scientist Award in America for discovering a possible antiviral that can connect to Sars-Cov-2 and make the virus unfeasible.
To get to the drug, the young woman used computer simulations to track molecules that can bind the virus’s Spike protein and block it. In doing so, the virus is unable to infect host cells. According to experts, the protein is really the path to treatment, and it is the target of antibodies in the immune system.
Anika said that her initial project was a research on the Spanish Flu, but the pandemic changed her theme. “Because of the immense gravity of the Covid-19 pandemic and the dramatic impact it has had on the world in such a short time, I, with the help of my mentor, changed the direction to reach the Sars-Cov-2 virus,” he said. .
According to the young woman, her effort to find a major compound to bind to the virus’s peak protein.Photo:CI Photos/Shutterstock
The teenager also stated that her goal was to work with other scientists struggling to control coronavirus mortality. “My effort to find a major compound to bind to the virus’s peak protein,” he said. “It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but it still contributes to all these efforts. The way I develop this molecule with the help of virologists and drug development experts determines the success of these efforts,” he concluded.
The award was delivered last week and, in addition to the recognition, Anika received US $ 25,000 from the prize commission, which is organized by the 3M Company in partnership with Discovery Education. So far, Covid-19 has reached more than 40.8 million people, with 1.12 million confirmed deaths. In Brazil, there are 5.2 million cases and almost 155 thousand fatal victims.
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