Recent discoveries in the US may offer a breakthrough in the treatment of infections such as MRSA, according to the BBC.

Increasing antibiotic resistance is a growing concern worldwide as health services finds some diseases increasingly resistant to treatment with antibiotic drugs.

But American scientists have discovered a new antibiotic family in soil. Following the analysis of more than 1,000 soil samples, scientists at the Rockefeller University in New York have identified malacidin antibiotics, a natural chemical compound which offers hope of fighting some drug-resistant bacterial infections.

However, they will not help in the treatment of infections such as pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

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