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L.A. Citizen Wrote: Soy sauce ingredient can be more beneficial than top antiviral therapy in fighting HIV virus. Wow.... medical SCIENCE is incredible. I don't want to be flagged so please let me know if I've been offensive to either HIV or soy sauce.
AIDSMEDS, May 14, 2014: Media Cooks Up Claim That Soy Sauce Treats, Even Cures HIV
by Benjamin Ryan
"Soy sauce has become the latest supermarket item to contain the answer to HIV, according to a savory smorgasbord of reporting in the popular press. But don’t go downing bottles of the brine just yet, because there’s a small problem: The HIV-fighting molecule in question is not actually known to be in soy sauce at all, it is only “related to flavor enhancers found in soy sauce,” according to the press release from the University of Missouri School of Medicine that spawned the media reports.
"The tall tale began in 2001 when the Japanese soy sauce manufacturer Yamasa, while searching for a flavor enhancer for the popular condiment, synthesized a molecule known as EFdA, which belongs to a family of compounds called nucleoside analogues. Eventually, laboratory research found that EFdA is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), which is a class of HIV-fighting drugs included under the nucleoside analogue umbrella. Not only that, but the molecule is highly effective at fighting HIV. It's a prime example of how the popular press tripped up on the finer details of this story."
Read the rest of the article at the AIDMEDS website.