A new antibiotic that has the potential to grow nearly half of all soil bacteria has been proven as a breakthrough by US scientists.
The researchers conducted by Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts created a "subterranean hotel" for bacteria and one bacterium was placed in each room and the whole device was buried in soil, the BBC reported.
AdvertisementThe lead scientist, Prof Kim Lewis, said that so far 25 new antibiotics have been discovered using this method and teixobactin is the latest and most promising one.
Lewis continued that the study shows that uncultured bacteria do harbor novel chemistry that they have not seen before. That is a promising source of new antimicrobials and will hopefully help revive the field of antibiotic discovery.
Dr James Mason from King's College London said they have shown that screening soil microorganisms for antibiotics is unfinished business.