Are you sure that they weren't referring to Tamiflu? en.wikipedia.org...
It inhibits neuraminidase which is the component of the H5N1 (the N in the name, I think) that brings about cell replication. It supposedly stops the
spread of the virus in a host. However I doubt it's ability to stop the transmission of existing viral DNA to new hosts.
EDIT: Virii, DNA or RNA? I can't remember my biology class from six years ago.
You know, they say a shortage of star anise is the reason why there's a Tamiflu shortage. I don't
buy that reason. I live in Malaysia and it looks like there's no shortage of the spice from local stores. Prices are still the same. And we aren't a
producer of the spice.
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