A new antibiotic to fight bacterial infections has been discovered by delving into the nose.
Essentially, both Staphylococcus lugdunensis and Staphylococcus aureus are found in the nose. Lugdunensis is the good bacteria that keeps the staph-infection-causing bacteria, aureus, at bay in some people by producing its own antibiotic.
Andreas Peschel, a microbiologist at the University of Tuebingen, called the discovery made in a paper published in the journal Nature "unexpected and exciting."
The new antibiotic was tested on mice whose skin had been infected by the bad bacteria, aureus. It was found to be rather effective in clearing and killing the bacteria in most cases.
Tests on human beings with the new antibiotic have not occurred yet.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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