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Meet Anika Chebrolu, the 14-year-old who may have found a cure for Covid-19

Julia Sieger and Anika Chebrolu
Julia Sieger and Anika Chebrolu © FRANCE 24

She's only 14 years old and may have found a cure for Covid-19. In this edition, we speak to Anika Chebrolu, who has just won 3M's Young Scientist Challenge. She's been awarded the prize for finding a molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein on the surface of SARS-CoV-2. 


Anika Chebrolu is a 14-year-old student from Frisco, Texas who has won 3M's Young Scientist Challenge for a discovery that could help put an end to the current global pandemic. 

She initially entered the competition with a project focused on finding a cure for the influenza virus and shifted her efforts to Covid-19 in the midst of the pandemic. Anika tells us more about her discovery and what she plans on doing in the future. 

We also take a look at what countries around the world are doing to develop rapid and efficient diagnostic tests – overcoming medical, economic and sometimes even social obstacles. 

Plus, the European Union produces around 110 million tons of animal and vegetable waste every year. Some parts of that waste, such as almond peels and shells, are already being used as agricultural by-products. But could they also be used to produce state-of-the-art innovations in the construction or car industries? We take a look.

Finally, in Test 24, Peter O'Brien tries out the latest Xbox. 

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