Monday, 13 April 2015

Teixobactin: A New Class of Antibiotic

A new antibiotic has been discovered: Teixobactin. This in itself represents a significant breakthrough since it is the first new type of antibiotic to be discovered since the late 1980s. The discovery carries more significance especially in the era of antibiotic crisis, in which a rising number of microbial strains are evolving resistance to common antibiotic (and in the case of a narrower but more potent range, “multi-drug resistant” which infers resistance to more than one type of antibiotic.) Though we welcome the new antibiotic, their discovery reports are addressed in much of the popular media (and, unfortunately, in some of the scientific press) are always tainted by hyperbole. (And, unfortunately, in some of the scientific press) is tainted with hyperbole. 

This is the opening of a new paper by Tim Sandle, considering the issues around the headline grabbing new antibiotic discovery.

The reference is:

Sandle, T. (2015) Teixobactin: A New Class of Antibiotic, SOJ Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 3 (1): 1-2

To view a copy, please see: Antibiotic

Posted by Tim Sandle