Thursday, January 8, 2015

From the dirt in Maine...

From the dirt in Maine ... comes the first new broad-spectrum antibiotic in 25 years.  This is fantastic news, for several reasons:
  • It is effective against all the currently scary drug-resistant bacteria.
  • It's mechanism is inherently difficult for bacteria to develop resistance against.
  • There's no known obstacle to large scale production.
Even better: the team who discovered this drug did so by inventing a new way to screen previously-unscreened naturally occurring organisms for antibiotic production.  This breakthrough may well lead to other antibiotics with novel mechanisms – exactly what the world needs right now.

It's difficult to overstate what an important development this is!

More here, here, and here...

No comments:

Post a Comment