Saturday, July 13, 2024

Ocean Plastics May Hold the Key to Unlocking New Antibiotics

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Although ocean plastics are a scourge of the seas, they may also hold the key to unlocking new strains of antibiotics.

The surprising results are from the work of a research team at National University in San Diego, who worked in collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The scientists were able to isolate five bacteria found on ocean plastics that were capable of producing antibiotics from these plastics. The researchers found that the antibiotics were effective against common bacteria and against two strains of “superbugs,” antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

According to the lead author of the study, Andrea Price:

“Considering the current antibiotic crisis and the rise of superbugs, it is essential to look for alternative sources of novel antibiotics, We hope to expand this project and further characterise the microbes and the antibiotics they produce.”

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com

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