The first new antibiotic to be discovered in nearly thirty years, Teixobactin, has been hailed as a “paradigm shift” in the fight against the growing resistance to the drugs. The new antibiotic is successful in treating many common bacterial infections that have become increasingly resistant towards existing antibiotics. A team from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts have discovered a way of using an electronic chip to grow microbes form the soil that are normally impossible to recreate in a laboratory. The team is excited because it “shows how we can adopt an alternative strategy and develop compounds to which bacteria are not resistant” according to one researcher. The World Health Organization has classified antimicrobial resistance as a “serious threat” to every region of the world, but this new discovery offers hope that many new antibiotics could be found to fight bacterial infections.
Contributor: Johanna Hartman