Antibiotics Without Resistance

January 14th, 2015 by

Researchers from North­eastern University in Massachusetts, the University of Bonn in Germany, NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals in Massachusetts, and Selcia Limited in the UK have dis­cov­ered an antibi­otic that elim­i­nates pathogens without any detectable resistance. The medication, called teixobactin, chal­lenges long-held beliefs and is promising toward the treatment of chronic infec­tions. According to the researchers, this is the first identified antibi­otic that resists muta­tions of pathogens. Most antibi­otics are identified, but only 1 per­cent of those will grow in the lab. Teixobactin was discovered through a novel method for growing uncul­tured bac­teria in their nat­ural envi­ron­ment. The approach is based on the iChip, a minia­ture device that can iso­late and help grow single cells. Going for­ward, the researchers hope to develop teixobactin into a drug.

Source: Northeastern University

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