DISCOVERING PENICILLIN - IT ACTUALLY TOOK A VILLAGE

The availability of penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic, was a pivotal point in the history of the world. For the first time it was possible to cure people of infections and not just minimize their damage.

We’ve all heard the folklore. It was September 1928. Dr. Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from a summer break and found the work stations a mess. There were some colonies of the bacteria Staphylococcus in petri dishes that had become contaminated with a mold called Penicillium. What Fleming saw under the microscope was that the mold had inhibited the expected growth of the staph. Something in the mold not only slowed the growth of the staph but could possibly be used to fight an infection.

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