Saturday, August 11, 2012
Deep sea 'solution' to superbugs
An Argyll firm has announced the discovery of a new antibiotic compound which it believes could combat a number of Multi-Drug Resistant bacteria. Aquapharm, based at Dunstaffnage near Oban, has developed the compound from research into marine organisms. The biotech company said it believed the compound could be effective against Clostridium Difficile and types of Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Further research is now taking place to test the substance. Scientists came up with the "AQP-182" compound after screening a portion of its collection of 10,000 marine micro-organisms for substances with anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties. It was one of a number of what the company called "druggable" new molecules it had identified.
posted by SCIENCE NEWS at 11:25 PM