[UK] Scientists are developing a new generation of antibiotics – using seaweed. The research being carried out in Cornwall aims to combat a growing immunity to antibiotics.
An estimated 700,000 people die globally every year due to antibiotic resistant diseases.
Experts fear that figure could rise to 10 million by 2050 if no new types of antibiotic are created.
Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health have been carrying out studies into a solution.
They analysed seaweed gathered from rock pools around the Cornish coast.
Early results show the seaweed has antimicrobial properties and samples of it was able to kill the superbug MRSA which is prevalent in hospitals.
Expert Dr Michiel Vos believes these early findings are very encouraging.
He said:”Seaweeds hold a diverse array of antimicrobial properties.
“Excitingly some of these extracts are most effective against some of the more resistant and problematic bacteria and we’re hoping our work will help to make the discovery of new drugs quicker and cheaper.”
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