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Hebrew University Develops New Antibiotic Against Fungi

A new antibiotic against fungi–heptamycin–has been developed by scientists at the Hebrew University, the University announced here today. The new drug is undergoing final laboratory tests before being tested on human patients.

Current tests are aimed at establishing the exact toxicity index and whether heptamycin can be manufactured in large quantities at reasonable prices.

The search for antibiotics against fungi has increased in importance because the success of numerous antibiotics against bacteria had created an imbalance between bacteria’ and fungi, the latter multiplying to a dangerous extent.