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Made Up Phenomenon: Can 'super bananas' tackle HIV?


The Donal MacIntyre team investigates reports that a substance in bananas called "BanLec" could be as effective as some anti-HIV drugs.

Reporter Bob Howard's suspicions about the truth of these reports were confirmed when he spoke to Professor David Markovitz from the University of Michigan whose research into bananas was being cited.

Donal MacIntyre was broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday 21 March 2010. You can also download the free podcast.

If you have spotted a possible Made Up Phenomenon which you would like the team to investigate, please email

READ MORE: Donal editor Innes Bowen on MUP hunting


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