The spined soldier bug produces thanatin which could serve as a basis for a new class of antibtiotics. Image: Wikimedia Commons
New class of antibiotics from insects - health short science news

In the light of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, scientists search for other molecules that could help us fight bacterial infections. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now found that an antibiotic called thanatin attacks the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Thanatin is made by the spined soldier bug Podisus maculiventris, and disrupts protein-protein interactions in bacteria, so that they cannot build their protective outer membrane and die. Therefore, thanatin could serve as a basis for the development of a new class of antibiotics.

Read the full story: University of Zurich
Scientific publication: Science Advances