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Carmel Valley student selected as finalist in Google Science Fair

Carmel Valley student selected as finalist in Google Science Fair

By Kristina Houck

A local student wants to save lives, but needs the community’s help.

Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, was selected as one of 15 finalists in Google’s international science fair. The 17-year-old is asking online voters to vote for his project, which is to develop an anti-flu medicine to fight a deadly infection from a new strain of the flu virus that could cause an epidemic.

“Current antiviral drugs are losing their effectiveness because resistant flu strains are emerging,” Chen said. “So there’s this need for new anti-flu medicine to hold back the pandemic wave while new vaccines are being...

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