Stories tagged Platensimycin

A compound, platensimycin, found in soil microbes may be the source of a powerful new antibiotic. In the lab, it wiped out strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus that were resistant to our most powerful current drugs. The drug won't be ready for human use for years, but if it passes all safety and efficacy tests, it will be the third new antibiotic to reach patients in the last 40 years. And the strongest.