"Our results show that it is worth exploring folklore and medical supplies traditional in search of new antibiotics“Professor Paul Dyson from the Faculty of Medicine at Swansea University, Wales, UK, said This phrase is a whole change of focus of science what the ancestors are looking for some answers to the problems of the present
What's this unknown bacterial strain detected Ireland’s soils have proven effective against four of the six major antibiotic resistant superbooks.
According to recent studies, by 2050, antibiotic-resistant superbooks could kill up to 1.3 million people in Europe. For the World Health Organization, this represents "one of the greatest threats to global health, food security and modern development." ,
A new strain of bacteria, which was named Streptomyces sp. Myroforea was discovered by a team of researchers from Wales, Brazil, Iraq and Northern Ireland. The work was published in Frontiers in Microbiology,
The promise of ethnopharmacology
The soil they analyzed originated in FermanaghNorthern Ireland, known as the "Bohemian Highlands". This is an area of "alkaline" pastures, and it has always been said that it has healing properties.
The search for new antibiotics to combat multiple resistance led researchers to explore new sources, including popular drugs: area of study known as ethnopharmacologyThey also focus on the environment in which you can find well-known manufacturers of antibiotics, such as Streptomyces.
Earth with healing properties
One member of the research team, Jerry Quinn, a former resident of Boho, in the city of Fermana, has known about the healing traditions of the region for many years. traditionally A small amount of dirt was wrapped in cotton fabric and used to treat many diseases.such as toothache, throat and neck infections. Interestingly, this area was previously occupied by druids, about 1,500 years ago, and by Neoliths, 4,000 years ago.
"The main findings of the study were that a newly identified strain of Streptomyces inhibited the growth four of the six major multi-resistant pathogens WHO has determined that it is responsible for medication-related infections: vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumonia and Acinetobacter baumanii-resistant to the carbenepenema, ”experts say.
Secrets to solve
still not clear which component A new strain prevents the growth of pathogenic microorganisms, but the team is already exploring this.
Dyson concluded: "Our discovery is an important step forward in the fight against resistance antibioticsYou must research traditional medicines. scientists, historians and archaeologists They may have something to contribute to this task. It seems that part of the answer to this very modern problem may be in the wisdom of the past. "