In the Hunt for New Antibiotics, Rutgers Scientists Hit Pay Dirt

Soil is full of microbes that produce toxins to kill their neighbors — a great source of antibiotic drugs. (Wendy Galietta/The Washington Post)

Scientists have discovered a new kind of antibiotic — buried in dirt. Tests in animals show that it is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, and it could lead to desperately needed treatments for deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.

Almost our entire arsenal of antibiotics was discovered in soil, but scientists haven’t gone digging for drugs in decades. That’s because, “screening microbial extracts from soil is thought to be a tapped-out approach,” said Richard Ebright, a scientist at …read more

Source: Rutgers Today

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