The compound aspergillomarasmine A, or AMA for short, restores the effectiveness of antibiotics against bacteria that make a particularly powerful resistance enzyme called NDM-1. NDM-1 resistance has emerged quite recently, and it is especially dangerous because it provides resistance not just to one antibiotic but to an entire class.
On June 25, 2014, the following scientific study made the cover of the prestigious journal Nature: "Aspergillomarasmine A overcomes metallo-β-lactamase antibiotic resistance." Doesn't exactly sound earth-shattering, does it? But the discovery of a fungal compound that restores the efficacy of one of our antibiotics of last resort is, in fact, huge news.