Genome mining effort discovers 19 new natural products in four years

8 septiembre 2015

It took a small group of researchers only four years — a blink of an eye in pharmaceutical terms — to scour a collection of 10,000 bacterial strains and isolate the genes responsible for making 19 unique, previously unknown phosphonate natural products, researchers report. Each of these products is a potential new drug. One of them has already been identified as an antibiotic.