Researchers Searching for New Antibiotics

Researchers Searching for New Antibiotics

Molecular microbiology professor Mervyn Bibb carries out interesting experiments and he is searching for new antibiotics. His experiment subjects could vary from leafcutter ants to bacteria that stay in the deep ocean.

Research team at John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich works on an important task of finding out new set of antibiotics that could help fight the superbugs and newer, incurable infections.

A report published by Reuters finds that the scientists are working relentlessly and have much better access to diagnostic tests to figure out the efficacy of new treatments.

The recent infections including Ebola in Africa and MERS in the Middle East, have again started the debate for research funding for projects searching for easier treatment.

Research team at University of Aberdeen has received $12.5 billion in funding from the European Union for project PharmaSea. The team will collect samples from deep locations in the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Sea.

Marcel Jaspars, professor of organic chemistry, University of Aberdeen said, “Essentially, we're looking for isolated populations of organisms. They will have evolved differently and therefore hopefully produce new chemistry.”

The gene sequencing technique helps researchers read microbial DNA at much faster rate and can help in searching for a cure for the fast spreading diseases, from the nature.

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