Eleftheria terrae: a potential new antibiotic found in our soil
So interesting and promising: soil is one of nature’s richest sources of potential antibiotics! We know there are endorphin-causing organisms in the soil, and it does not surprise me that there are also antibiotic-like substances as well.
“For much of the last decade, a team of researchers in Boston has eagerly exhumed and reburied dirt. It’s part of a strategy to access an untapped source of new antibiotics—the estimated 99% of microbes in the environment that refuse to grow in laboratories. Now, their technique has yielded a promising lead: a previously unknown bacterium that makes a compound with infection-killing abilities. What’s more, the team claims in a report out today, the compound is unlikely to fall prey to the problem of antibiotic resistance. That suggestion has its skeptics, but if the drug makes it through clinical trials, it would be a much needed weapon against several increasingly hard-to-treat infections.”