Superbug infections are one of the scariest modern-day nightmares around. For years, antibiotics have been keeping us healthy and providing protection against some of the most aggressive bacteria out there, but now, some of those magic elixirs have become ineffectual.
Bacteria have evolved and are engineering themselves to become resistant to modern medicine.
Where did all those drugs come from originally? According to a report on bbc.com, nearly all of the antibiotics we currently use to fight sickness were found in soil bacteria.
In a new twist though, a study published in the journal Nature by researchers at the University of Tubingen now says that the answer to our current medicinal dilemma could lie in the human body.
Rival bacteria fight for space in our bodies and one of their weapons is antibiotics. Researchers have found that some people contain a specific gene that provides the body with the instructions to manufacture and build their own new antibiotic.
Some individuals produce something science is calling lugdunin. It was found by studying the makeup of the inside of individuals’ noses.
It could take years before researchers can harness the powers of the human-made antibiotic, and it remains to be seen if it would work on everyone, but the future is hopeful.
Researcher Prof Andreas Peschel said to bbc.com, “By introducing the lugdunin genes into a completely innocuous bacterial species we hope to develop a new preventive concept of antibiotics that can eradicate pathogens.”
The WHO states that currently there is antibacterial resistance globally for drugs used to treat gonorrhea, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, and influenza.