After three years of combing through soil samples collected from the tropical reefs throughout India's southern coast, researchers have isolated a new antibiotic called transitmycin. This potent antibiotic may lead to superior treatments for tuberculosis and HIV.
Antibiotic from coral reef may fight TB and HIV
R Balagurunathan, head of microbiology at Periyar University, states: "We put [transitmycin] to further tests and found that it actively fought all forms of TB, fungus and some forms of HIV with dosages that were of much lesser strength when compared to existing drugs."
Further research is underway to develop a drug for animal and human trials. Researchers anticipate it will take many years (possibly over a decade) before a drug will reach the pharmaceutical market. Based on the current data, they have high hopes this is the "holy grail" discovery they have been searching for. We can all share in this hope.