Monday, March 22, 2010

A Banana a Day Keeps the HIV Away

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School have discovered that a certain lectin naturally occurring in bananas may have powerful anti-viral effects that could stop the transmission of HIV. Regular anti-viral agents are susceptible to disease resistance due to the virus' mutation, but this lectin attaches to sugars contained in the virus. This means the virus has to undergo several more mutations to become resistant. Now, I know what you're thinking: "But I use hands and hands worth of bananas during all my sexual escapades. I'm covered, right?" Not really. It's not like simply eating a bunch of bananas will make you HIV proof. But it couldn't hurt to donate some of your used bananas to medical research so we can have a handy pill on the market as soon as possible. Might want to wash the santorum off first, though. More details here.

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