HWM (Singapore) - - IMPACT - by Sale­hud­dinHusin

As dis­eases are evolv­ing con­stantly, an­tibi­otics that work on newer strains are get­ting fewer and fewer. One day, our cur­rent an­tibi­otics might not even work any­more, which is why a dis­cov­ery of a new an­tibi­otic like Teixobactin is a big thing. De­spite hu­man tri­als be­ing a few years away, the an­tibi­otic has shown re­mark­able ca­pa­bil­i­ties in com­bat­ing drug re­sis­tant dis­eases like MRSA and TB. Ini­tially, re­searchers feared that the an­tibi­otic might be too ef­fec­tive; pos­si­bly killing both healthy and dis­eased cells in­dis­crim­i­nately. How­ever tests on lab­o­ra­tory an­i­mals have shown that the an­tibi­otics are dis­cern­ing enough on what they attack that those fears were mis­guided. With tests on-go­ing, it might prove to be ver­sa­tile enough that it could one day save your life.


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