This month, Anika Chebrolu (age 14) from Frisco Texas, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge award and was named “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Her project was called “Combating the Influenza Epidemic.” She won $25,000, an exclusive mentorship with a 3M scientist, and a special destination trip. She is now working with her 3M mentor, Dr Mahfuzu ALi, to work on combating the Covid-19 virus.
This article is important for science because when the Covid 19 pandemic spread Anika switched her research on how to prevent the flu virus from spreading and is now “researching a molecule that could encompass the so-called spike protein that coronaviruses use to invade human cells.” Her research discovered a molecule that could help scientists make a drug to cure Covid 19. This is breaking news because a 14 year old helped figure out how to develop an antiviral that could help contain the Covid 19 virus.
By Willow 4S