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The discovery of genuinely novel antibiotics is rare, and experts say resistance to the drugs poses a grave threat to human health. US scientists say the new compound, called anthracimycin, seems to be effective at killing MRSA and anthrax.
The unique chemical structure of the compound could lead to up a new class of antibiotic medicines.
The Infectious Disease Society of America has expressed concern that the rate of antibiotic development to counter resistance is insufficient. This makes this latest discovery particularly welcome news.
The structure of anthracimycin, described by Kyoung Hwa Jang and co-workers from Scripps in their journal paper, is unlike any previously-reported natural antibiotic.
Provides a quick and easy way to protect burns, cuts, scrapes and other wounds from infections
Effective against MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant organisms
Its ability to regulate moisture at the wound site helps in sustaining an optimal healing environment
Releases silver at a controlled level for broad spectrum antimicrobial action, without harming tissue cells