Volume 93 Issue 2 | p. 3 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 12, 2015 | Web Date: January 8, 2015

Novel Bacteria Fighter Unearthed

Antibiotics: Uncultured bacteria yield teixobactin, a pathogen killer which evades detectable resistance
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: antibiotic, antibacterial, unculturable, iChip

An antibacterial compound with a novel structure and mechanism of action has been identified, isolated, and tested in mice. If the compound, known as teixobactin, makes it through clinical trials, it will represent the first new class of antibiotic to be discovered in a decade.

“Most of the antibiotics we have in our drugstores and clinics have been isolated from soil microorganisms,” explains Kim Lewis, a biology professor at Boston’s Northeastern University . . .

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