New antibiotic - but is it a game changer?

The discovery of teixobactin, a new type of antibiotic, has been hailed as a major breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistance. But does the reality match the hype?

After a steady drumbeat of warnings about the rise of antibiotic resistance and the dawn of the ‘post-antibiotic era’, it was perhaps not surprising the media got excited about the discovery of a unique antibacterial agent. 

 This month, in the science journal Nature, researchers from the US announced they had isolated a