Washed-Up Microbes May Destroy Anthrax, say Scientists

AnthraxA group of researchers from San Diego have discovered an ocean off Santa Barbara, Calif., that can destroy anthrax and several other infectious diseases. The researchers have recognized a chemical compound from the sea that can cure the disease anthrax. One of the authors, LA Jolla Light has fleshed out the details about this discovery.

This recently discovered compound originates from microorganism dubbed as Streptomyces. It was separated in 2012. The study commenced with the extraction of the compound against the anthrax bacterium.

The compound has been called as anthracimycin. Preliminary stages have explained that the compound has a potential of killing both anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

According to the researchers, anthrax is a severe disease caused because of bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Most of the forms of the disease are fatal. The disease affects the health of both animals and humans. In case of humans, respiratory infection in humans is observed with cold or flu-like symptoms.

According to William Fenical from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, "Anthracimycin is just such a discovery. It is composed of a chemical structure never seen or envisioned in the past. Its potency against anthrax and MRSA suggests that this new structure type should be carefully explored by those industries that are developing antibiotics".