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  • Call for $2bn global antibiotic research fund

    BBC News - 05/14/2015

    A team at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, has discovered 25 potential new antibiotics, all of them derived from soil microbes.

    One of them, teixobactin, is effective against both tuberculosis and MRSA.

    The drug is being developed by NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals and should go into patient trials within two years.

    Prof Kim Lewis, of Northeastern University, who co-founded the company, told Panorama: “We think there could be thousands more antibiotics in the soil, yet to be discovered.”

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