Volume 91 Issue 26 | pp. 19-20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 1, 2013

Anthrax Slayer From The Deep

Novel natural product from marine bacterium effectively takes out bioterrorism agent
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: anthrax, anthracimycin, Bacillus anthracis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

To fight anthrax infections, patients must often endure a prolonged course of antibiotics, with treatment lasting up to six months. Because the bacterium that causes this infection, Bacillus anthracis, has been used as a bioterrorism agent, scientists have been vigilant about seeking better anthrax antibiotics. Now, chemists led by William Fenical of the University of California, San Diego, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have found one. In marine sediments off the California . . .

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