An excellent project that was able to point the way out towards a fresh class of medications and drugs for the treatment of influenza won the highest prize on Tuesday night at Intel science fair. Offering a 17 year old brilliant boy named Eric S. Chen a good $100,000. Chen is a senior student at CC academy located in San Diego. He combined computer modeling, biology, as well as chemistry in order to find out various compounds that are able to block an enzyme known as endonuclease, which is required by the flu virus to spread.
In spite of bagging the grand prize and award at the Google science fair in 2013 as well as the highest individual to be honored at Siemens competition in technology, science, and math, in 2013, Chen says that he did not expect that he would stand first in Intel competition. He adds that he had no idea that he would win. If he would be placed anywhere between fifth and tenth, he would be really very happy he says. Chen has worked as an assistant professor teaching chemistry as well as biochemistry in the laboratory of Rommie Amaro since 2012. Gen-sheng-feng, who is a great molecular biologist also advised as well as assisted him on the flu research.
Chen says that his core interest in influenza sparked in the 2009 eruption of a never before seen, deadly virus that was soon called as “swine flu”. It had the HINI strain which is a combination of two viruses that were derived from pigs, humans, as well as birds. It killed about 18,000 people all over the globe. Winning the Intel science fair shall help Chen to get his research noticed and accepted by the medication and drug companies so that he is able to convert his research into actual medicine.