|A potent antibiotic, which
is effective against 'superbugs' that have developed resistance to
other antibiotics, has been synthesized for the first time.
K. C. Nicolaou and his co-workers at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, have made a racemic mixture of the compound, meaning that their product contained two mirror-image structures, or enantiomers, of the molecule. Future syntheses may improve on this by giving a single enantiomer.