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The Newest Antibiotic Is Right Under Your Nose. Well, Inside It, Actually

As superbugs threaten to neutralize existing drugs, a byproduct of a nasal bacterium may provide some good news.
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Researchers have combed beaches and ocean floors looking for compounds that can be effective antibiotics, a process that's assumed greater urgency as untreatable superbugs appear more frequently. Now they’re targeting a new location: your nose.

Scientists at the University of Tübingen in Germany have found an antibiotic made by a nasal bacterium that can kill Staphylococcus aureus, the source of many human infections. Existing antibiotics have been unable to kill its various strains, most notably MRSA, which can cause deadly sepsis and pneumonia.