New antibiotic could fight superbugs

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BOSTON, MA -- If the thought of drug-resistant superbugs causing millions of people to die is kind of concerning to you, then we have some  good news!

Scientists have discovered a whole-new class of antibiotics that can kill superbugs (like MRSA), and make it hard for pathogens to mutate into resistant strains.

Dr. Luis Ostrosky, medical director of epidemiology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, says, "This antibiotic is called teixobactin, and it's a natural compound that comes from the soil."

It's all especially good news, since the World Health Organization just warned about a potential post-antibiotic era, where people could be killed by ordinary infections which refuse to die from drugs.

It’s all published in the journal Nature.