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The Historic Fungus That Gave The World Penicillin Had Its Genome Sequenced – ScienceAlert

In 1928, Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming made history. In a common mould – so common that the strain grew by accident in a petri dish of Staphylococcus – he discovered antimicrobial properties that he would exploit to develop the first mass-prod

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In 1928, Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming made history. In a common mould – so common that the strain grew by accident in a petri dish of Staphylococcus – he discovered antimicrobial properties that he would exploit to develop the first mass-produced antibiotic drug, penicillin.
That original strain of Penicillium mould was cryogenically preserved decades ago – frozen alive for posterity – but now, for the first time, its genome has been sequenced. And much like the discovery of penicillin …

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