Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs
The Guardian - 07/19/2015
Scientists have since scoured ocean beds and deep caves for micro-organisms that make new compounds but had come up empty-handed – until, that is, earlier this year when a team from Northeastern University in Boston, US, announced they had discovered 25 potential new compounds in the soil. One of them, teixobactin, showed promise in laboratory tests against otherwise drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis and the hospital superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Teixobactin is not active against the harder-to-treat type of bacteria called gram-negative bacteria, but its announcement caused much excitement. If approved, as is hoped within the next five years, it will be the first new class of antibiotic developed since 1987.