Researchers discover new antibiotics by sifting through the human microbiome

"Most antibiotics in use today are based on natural molecules produced by bacteria—and given the rise of antibiotic resistance, there's an urgent need to find more of them. By using computational methods to identify which genes in a microbe's genome ought to produce antibiotic compounds and then synthesizing those compounds themselves, they were able to discover two promising new antibiotics without having to culture a single bacterium."


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