OHSU researcher Margo Haygood, Ph.D., and collaborators from the Philippine Mollusk Symbiont International Cooperative Biodiversity Group have recently discovered two unexpected sources for new antibiotics and painkillers.
In a paper published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe how the bacteria used by shipworms to convert wood into food produce a powerful antibiotic. According to Dr. Haygood, finding new sources of antibiotics is critical because current antibiotics are becoming less effective with widespread use.
The second paper, published in Chemistry & Biology, demonstrates that bacteria carried by cone snails produce a chemical that may be useful in treating pain.
View the full OHSU News release for more.