Wild Weekend Whitehouse Station Trivia: Soy Sauce/HIV Candidate Edition

Strange stuff department:

While this is not (in any way) going to affect Merck’s near-term NYSE stock price, it is fascinating — courtesy of one of my anonymous commenters:

. . . . Anonymous said…

FYI, the compound licensed from Yamasa (i.e. EFda — 4’-ethynyl-2-fluoro-2’-deoxyadenosine) is in fact a flavour agent (note that Yamasa is a soy sauce company). Its ability to act as an inhibitor of HIV reverse transcriptase is a pleasant surprise.

July 25, 2012 7:02 PM. . . .

Who knew? S/he did, of course — nice find!

Having said that, it must be absolutely clear from the Japanese and US patent filings that Yamasa owns the worldwide exclusive rights to the 4’-ethynyl-2-fluoro-2’-deoxyadenosine protien structure — otherwise, why would Merck bother to pay for a food flavor agent? In short, it wouldn’t. Here’s to hoping for an advance — toward a cure!


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