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Research inspired by swine flu wins $100,000 at Intel science fair
Research inspired by swine flu wins $100,000 at Intel science fair

A project that could point the way to a new class of drugs to treat influenza won the top prize Tuesday night at the Intel Science Talent Search, netting 17-year-old Eric S. Chen a cool $100,000. Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, combined chemistry, biology and computer modeling to find compounds capable of blocking an enzyme called endonuclease, which the flu virus needs to spread. Despite taking home the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair and the top individual honor at the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, Chen said he didn’t expect to come in first at the Intel competition. “I had no idea I was going to win,”...

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