A team of researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Goteberg, Sweden, analyzed and scanned genomes of 24 different varieties of fungi, with the goal of finding genes that would produce bioactive compounds, which are similar to antibiotics. The researchers discovered 1300 pathways, clusters of genes that encode a secondary metabolite. The team also identified a fungi that can produce the antibiotic yanuthone. Although the first mass-produced antibiotic, penicillin, was derived from a fungus, recent efforts to produce antibiotics have focused on bacteria.
- Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered that the humble fungi could be a potential goldmine for producing pharmaceutical drugs.
- The genes of about 24 different kinds of fungi were scanned by the researchers in order to elucidate those that were in charge of producing bioactive compounds.
- From their study, the researchers even discovered a new fungi that was capable of producing the antibiotic, yanuthone.
“With more strains of bacteria building up a resistance to modern antibiotics, their findings have come at just the right time.”