A microbe found in a grassy field appears to contain a remarkably powerful antibiotic. Called teixobactin, it kills dangerous pathogens without any observable resistance (at least not yet). Moreover, it destroys many types of drug-resistant bacteria and it's safe in mammals. Its use may be limited, but it could represent a new class of antibiotics.

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After the rather depressing start that 2015 has had, it's nice to see some good news. Hopefully they get the funding they need and can come up with a way to make this a viable treatment. I have to admit that the clever way they found to grow the bacteria is almost as interesting as teixobactin's potential to kill infections.