Researchers make potentially game-changing breakthrough in race for new antibiotics

BOSTON, Massachusetts – Researchers at Northeastern University say they have grown 25 new antibiotics as part of a study being described as a ‘game-changer.’

The blockbuster announcement came in the journal Nature.

It has been nearly 30 years since the last new class of antibiotics was discovered reported BBC News.

Since that time many diseases previously treated by antibiotics have become drug-resistant and nearly immune to the current crop of antibiotics.

The researchers at Northeastern University said they used a novel approach to growing the new antibiotic in soil.

Researchers said at least one of the 25 new antibiotics grown is ‘very promising’ and they wrote that they believe their initial efforts are likely just the ‘tip of the iceberg.’