Bioprospecting for Antibacterial Drugs: a Multidisciplinary Perspective on Natural Product Source Material, Bioassay Selection and Avoidable Pitfalls

@article{Cushnie2020BioprospectingFA,
  title={Bioprospecting for Antibacterial Drugs: a Multidisciplinary Perspective on Natural Product Source Material, Bioassay Selection and Avoidable Pitfalls},
  author={Tim Cushnie and Benjamart Cushnie and Javier Echeverr{\'i}a and Winita Fowsantear and Sutthiwan Thammawat and Jolyon L. A. Dodgson and Samantha Law and Simon M. Clow},
  journal={Pharmaceutical Research},
  year={2020},
  volume={37},
  pages={1-24}
}
Bioprospecting is the exploration, extraction and screening of biological material and sometimes indigenous knowledge to discover and develop new drugs and other products. Most antibiotics in current clinical use (eg. β-lactams, aminoglycosides, tetracyclines, macrolides) were discovered using this approach, and there are strong arguments to reprioritize bioprospecting over other strategies in the search for new antibacterial drugs. Academic institutions should be well positioned to lead the… 
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