Streptomyces bacteria that produced the new antibiotic cyphomycin show off a purple hue. Image: Marc Chevrette
Microbes living on insects as a source of new, potent, antibiotics - health short science news

Bacteria living on insects make antibiotics that are more powerful than those that are produced by soil bacteria and are currently in use in medicine.

A study on microbes from more than 1400 insects collected across the Americas showed anti-bacterial activity even against some of the most common and dangerous antibiotics-resistant pathogens.

These newly discovered antibiotics have low toxicity in humans, so that it is possible that they are suitable for in clinical use in the future.

Read the full story: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scientific publication: Nature Communications