Scientists have discovered a new antibiotic that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance.
The findings, which were published in the journal Nature, show the drug’s potential to combat deadly superbugs that kill hundreds and thousands of patients each year.
The new drug, teixobactin, was extracted from a soil sample. It has yet to be tested on humans but shows promising results in lab tests on mice. Human clinical trials could begin within two years.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned last year that the world was entering a “post-antibiotic era”. Teixobactin, the first antibiotic discovered in 30 years, offers hope to billions of humans of the Earth.-ANN