Bacteria discovered in ancient soil could help stop superbugs

A strain of bacteria discovered in ancient Irish soil could help fight against four of the top six superbugs.

The bacteria was found in Northern Ireland by a research team from Swansea University Medical School.

The new strain of streptomyces bacteria was discovered in the soil of the Boho Highlands in Northern Ireland, which has long been thought to have healing properties, according to a university press release.

The bacteria is able to combat four of the six superbugs that were previously resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA.

The World Health Organization says superbugs are "one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today".

It's not clear what part of the newly discovered strain is responsible for halting the superbugs, but the team is continuing its research.