A new deep learning algorithm helped researchers identify a powerful new antibiotic compound that kills many of the world's most problematic, disease-causing bacterias, including those which have so far been resistant to common antibiotics.
Epigallocatechin (EGCG), a natural antioxidant found in green tea, may help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. EGCG restores the activity of aztreonam, an antibiotic commonly used to treat infections caused by P. aeruginosa. The bacteria is resistant to major classes of antibiotics and is currently treated with a combination of drugs.
A synthetic version of a fibupeptide, which is naturally produced by the microbiome, may help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Lugdunin has been shown to be effective against MRSA. The findings could help in the creation of a new class of antibiotics to treat infections currently resistant to drugs on the market.
From anti-vaccine rhetoric to the over-prescription of antibiotics, researchers suggest we should try to work together to improve public health, rather than socially shun those who ignore scientific evidence.