A new antibiotic?

A new antibiotic, found in soil, may be useful in treatment of Lyme disease, though more research is needed. Several interesting points came out of the recently published paper.

  • Does this work in humans, as it seems to work in mice?
  • Will it leave a patient’s beneficial gut bacteria untouched?
  • Does protection of the gut bacteria help prevent continuing symptoms?
  • If it works in mice, could it be used to reduce Lyme disease in wildlife and therefore ticks?

Time, and further research will tell! See our discussion of the research paper.