News of World Medicine

Bacteria killing Staphylococcus aureus has been found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean

Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most problem bacteria that are difficult to fight with. Such bacterium has already developed "immunity" to the antibiotics. The bacterium can cause a variety of diseases, ranging from seemingly harmless acne and rashes to meningitis, pneumonia, toxic shock and sepsis that can be fatal. Broad-spectrum antibiotics cannot fight it. However, scientists have found bacteria killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus at the bottom of the ocean. They are contained in a sea sponge, living at a depth of about two kilometers at a temperature +6 °C. The bacterium 46 is able to fight Staphylococcus aureus.

Researchers from the University of Bristol have tested sponge samples taken in five locations in Atlantic Ocean. They were collected using underwater robots, and then frozen in liquid nitrogen. The study results have shown that the bacterium 46 obtained from these samples is capable to destroy methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.