The discoveries of doctors and scientists at the beginning of the 21st century discredit the achievements of their colleagues a century ago - today, attention is focused on antibiotic-resistant microorganisms, instead of the drugs themselves. Leading minds realize that the discovery of a bacterium resistant to all antibiotics will happen very soon, they are forced to rush to find a solution. Traditionally, it is sought in the strangest places.
A group of scientists from the Waxman and Rutgers Institutes have isolated the components of the future "super-drug" from the toxins generated by bacteria living in the mud. It suddenly became clear that this is a storehouse of useful substances - the environment is poor in food and all microorganisms in it are fighting for life, evolving at an unprecedented pace. Some have learned to kill competitors with what scientists have dubbed “pseudouridimycin”.
A strong, effective natural poison - and it can kill, including the very bacteria that have learned to ignore antibiotics! In the very first laboratory experiments, the toxin extracted from the mud famously destroyed 20 varieties of "super-bacteria", including streptococci and staphylococci. And to make the discovery look even more impressive, scientists hastened to declare that these harmful microbes are unlikely to be able to quickly adapt to the new threat.
Is the scary pseudouridimycin safe for humans? Judging by the first data - quite, but clinical studies will begin only in the next decade and earlier than 2030, one should not count on the emergence of a new super-effective antibiotic. And even after it will be adopted, it will only be a delay in the sad end - instead of an endless combination of poisons and antidotes, we need to find a different method of fighting pathogenic bacteria.