Volume 94 Issue 31 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 1, 2016 | Web Date: July 27, 2016

Sniffing out a new antibiotic

A powerful antimicrobial weapon emerges from the bacterial battle in our noses
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: lugdunin, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus lugdunensis

Scientists have long sought novel antibiotics by searching for compounds made by bacteria living in soils from exotic locales or on the seafloor. It turns we don’t always have to go to such extremes. Researchers have now found a member of a whole new class of antibiotics hiding under our noses. The compound, called lugdunin, is a key weapon in the bacterial battle that’s raging within our nostrils.

Staphylococcus aureus colonizes the nasal passages of . . .

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