A study in the journal Angewandte Chemie found a chemical compound in an ocean microbe that could lead to new antibiotics for Bacillus anthracis and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The microorganism that produces the compound anthracimycin was found in sediments off Santa Barbara, Calif. "The discovery of truly new antibiotic compounds is quite rare. This discovery adds to many previous discoveries that show that marine bacteria are genetically and chemically unique," said lead investigator William Fenical of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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