Scientists Find New Type of Antibiotics Hiding in the Human Nose
Of all the 20th century’s innovations, the discovery of antibiotics was hands-down one of the most important. Since Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin in 1928, countless lives have been saved from previously untreatable diseases and epidemics stopped in their tracks. Since the 1980s, however, researchers have struggled to find new treatments as an increasing number of diseases developed a resistance to antibiotics. Now, for the first time in 30 years,scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotic, and it was hiding right under their noses.
Scientists searching for new antibiotics have traditionally looked to bacteria that live in soil for the chemical compounds they use to fight off their rivals. But the human body has long been seen as a potential resource for antibiotic compounds, Alessandra Potenza reports for The Verge. It's packed with all manner of microbes—from skin to guts. And while scientists have learned much about the body in recent decades, there is still a lot unknown about the human microbiome.