Monday, October 31, 2005

Fungi 'antibiotics' for superbugs

Scientists believe they may have found powerful new antibiotics in fungi that could fight drug-resistant bacteria.

The protein compound or peptide which lives in a fungus found in northern European pine forests is as powerful as penicillin and vancomycin, they say.

When tested in the lab, "plectasin" killed Streptococcus bacteria including strains that are now resistant to conventional antibiotics.

The Dutch and US researchers' findings are published in Nature.

Source - BBC News.


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