6 October 2011

Invention of Penicillin - Historical Inventions and Ideas Series, Idea 12

In 1928, Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin when he noticed that bacterial growth was inhibited around the mold he was growing. It turns out that the mold, called Penicillium notatum, was producing a substance later called antibiotics that could treat bacterial infections.

It was a medical breakthrough. For the first time, something was available that could prevent and treat infections. Shortly after, people were able to mass produce penicillin, allowing a wide range fatal diseases and infections to be treated during the Second World War.


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