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New antibiotic family discovered in dirt
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13 February 2018
On 13 February 2018 BBC News reported:
US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. Soil is teeming with millions of different micro-organisms that produce lots of potentially therapeutic compounds, including new antibiotics.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of health and science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
Experts say the work, published in Nature Microbiology, offers fresh hope in the antibiotics arms race.
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