Saturday, July 20, 2013 0:08
The natural world is full of healing solutions waiting to be discovered. From the forest plants to living creatures beneath the sea, we have likely only begun to tap the natural healing resources around us. One researcher with the University of California San Diego recently found a new chemical compound from the ocean, one which they believe has the potential to treat deadly bacteria like anthrax and MRSA, and one which they are excitedly plotting to turn into a drug.
William Fenical of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and his team of colleagues found the compound on a microorganism called Streptomyces, which they first found off the coast of Santa Barbara in 2012. The compound, which they’ve since named anthramcimycin, shows promising results in the lab.