Anthrax, MRSA antibiotic found in ocean

Anthrax and MRSA are two potentially-deadly bacteria that can infect humans, but researchers may have found in the ocean a compound that can treat them more effectively.  According to scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the newly discovered chemical compound comes from a microorganism know as Streptomyces, which was found off the coast of Santa Barbara last year.

The researchers have determined that the compound, which they’ve named anthracimycin, can be a potent way to kill both anthrax and MRSA.  The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2003-2004, 1.5 percent of the U.S. population was infected with MRSA in the nose alone, which is an antibiotic-resistant form of staph infection.  And in 2005, 278,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. were related to MRSA infection.  Though MRSA rates have been falling, the infection remains a concern for many hospitalized patients.

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