Since the pandemic began, scientists have been engaged in a tireless race to find a vaccine or a cure for the virus that has infected so many people and, unfortunately, resulted in a large number of deaths and an unprecedented global economic disaster.
A science project that end the pandemic
However, a recent story that local media stations have been reporting on, and which was picked up by bazzinga.me, could be groundbreaking to this race. Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old teenager and student at Independence High School in Frisco, Texas, recently made a discovery that could lead to a potential cure for the coronavirus.
The right molecule
During the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, in which Anika won a prize of $25,000, the student identified a molecule that could selectively bind to the spike protein of the coronavirus.
As reported by CNN, the student used a database of more than 682 million compounds and, using a computer simulation program, managed to deduce how and where the molecule would bind to SARS-CoV-2.
Although her particular breakthrough is currently being congratulated by the public, the truth is that Anika says she owes everything to her grandfather, a chemistry teacher who passed on all his love and respect for science to her.