New Antibiotic Found for the Treatment of Tuberculosis
In a great success towards fighting tuberculosis, scientists from Tuberculosis Research Center (TRC) in India have found a novel antibiotic termed as transitmycin from the coral reef off Rameswaram. The antibiotic was found from a soil sample taken under deep water in the sea. Scientists are hoping that this antibiotic has the chemical compounds which can help in developing a better drug to fight tuberculosis.
Scientists prefer to hunt for the new drug in areas where there is very little human presence. The motive behind this approach is that microorganisms or life samples found in these regions can fight tuberculosis and HIV virus in a better way as compared to the micro organisms which are in contact with human life.
The teams of scientists have prepared a report and are now urging ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) to fund for human and animal trials. This whole project started in 2008 when a group of scientists from Tuberculosis Research Center with the help of some fishermen from Rameswaram area took the step to find a drug to fight tuberculosis and HIV in a better way. These scientists collected 55 samples from the coral reefs of Bay of Bengal and from the sea coast of Andaman. Out of these 55 samples, one sample was found effective to fight tuberculosis.
Scientists have a great hope from this research and they are taking it as a big step towards tuberculosis treatment.