Bismillah, alhamdulillah: Penicillin is one of the great discoveries that has helped millions if not billions of people in the world. In this interesting round panel discussion over the discovery of penicillin the vital importance of team work was highlighted. Fleming discovered Penicillin,  collected a Noble Prize for it and warned us of the dangers of resistance even in his Nobel prize acceptance speech. But he initially thought penicillin was not a useful chemical because it would degrade when in solution. Fortunately he published his findings and a team of chemists at Cambridge (or Oxford) noted the paper and asked for a sample of the fungal mould that was showing antibacterial activity. The teamwork needed to take an observation  to fruition was amazing and in it lies a lesson for all of us. Have a listen…
In Our Time
Duration: 46:35
Published: Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:02:00 +0000
URL: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p03xs643.mp3

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss penicillin, discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928. It is said he noticed some blue-green penicillium mould on an uncovered petri dish at his hospital laboratory, and …

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