Fast Company: Scientists make what could be the biggest antibiotic breakthrough in 25 years
Fast Company - 01/07/2015
Scientists travel to the farthest reaches of the planet to find new ways to fight infections, but an antibiotic pulled from dirt in Maine might be the biggest breakthrough in the field in the last 25 years.
The experimental drug, called teixobactin, was found in a grassy field and was developed using new technology that mimics natural habitats. It hasn’t yet been tested in humans but has demonstrated remarkable effects in mice. It cured all of the mice in the test that were infected with antibiotic-resistant staphylococci bacteria, commonly known as a staph infection.