Antibiotic resistance: Old Irish ‘soil cure’ tackles major superbugs

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(Catharine Paddock/ Medical News Today) — Traditional folk medicine could help solve the growing threat that antibiotic resistance poses to public health.

Scientists at Swansea University Medical School in the United Kingdom drew this conclusion after studying samples of Irish soil with a long healing tradition.

They found that the soil contained a previously unknown strain of Streptomyces bacteria that has remarkable medicinal properties.

Tests revealed that the strain was able to stop the growth of MRSA and three other superbugs that can spread in hospitals. (…)

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