Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Yet Another Reason to Like Liquorice

Liquorice - or rather glycyrrhizic acid (GA), one of its key components - could become useful in treating virulent diseases. Researchers at New York University, New York City, have managed to kill cells experiencing latent herpes infection by applying GA. Apparently, GA suppresses expression of a gene that is essential for the ability of the cell to support the virus. Since latency mechanisms are similar, it might work for other latent viral infections as well. (Via Science Magazine News )

The nice thing is, that GA is the compund that gives liquorice its sweet taste. So medication based on this could taste good, as well.

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