New penicillin found in wallaby milk

Scientists have discovered a bacteria-fighting compound 100 times more effective than penicillin – in wallaby milk. Researchers found the highly-potent compound, tagged AGG01, was active against a wide variety of fungi and bacteria including antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Research team leader Dr Ben Cocks said the discovery could have a profound impact on both human and animal health. “This compound has the potential to be commercially synthesised and may prove vital in the war against increasingly resistant human and animal diseases,” Dr Cocks said.

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