Science Caturday: Treasure in the Dirt


The biggest news in the science world this week was from a tiny microbe that grows in the dirt. A study published in Nature revealed that a newly-discovered antibiotic, Teixobactin, based on a soil bacterium, shows promise against TB and MRSA, which are increasingly resistant to all the drugs currently on the market.

There’s much more information about the team, the study and the possible uses of Teixobactin in this Washington Post story by Rachel Feltman. Our intrepid science kitteh was so inspired by this article that she went right out and started searching for the next marvelous microbe hidden in the soil.






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