USF scientists discover extract that could battle MRSA

USF scientists discover extract that could battle MRSA

USF scientists discover extract that could battle MRSA

Extracts from an Antarctic sponge could be the key to combating the dangerous bacterial infection methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, scientists from the University of South Florida have found.

The scientists found the extract, called Dendrilla membranosa, contains a chemical that has eliminated more than 98 percent of MRSA cells in laboratory tests. The scientists named the chemical “darwinolide.”

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