People with an appreciation of science and medical history know that the first antibiotics were discovered and developed from molds and other natural compounds that grow in the ground. And, to this day, scientists are still discovering useful such compounds. One new group that was recently found, known as malacidins, shows extremely promising medical potential. Most importantly, the compounds have been shown to be effective against bacteria which have become resistant to other types of manmade antibiotics.
- The natural compounds found in soil samples could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections.
- These compounds, also known as malacidins, kill several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including MRSA.
- This new compound was tested on rats that were infected with MRSA; the compound eliminated the infection in the skin wounds of the rats.
“Soil is teeming with millions of different micro-organisms that produce lots of potentially therapeutic compounds, including new antibiotics.”
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