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Alexander Fleming (1881)

Motivated by the devastating infections he saw in hospitals during World War I, Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist, began searching for an effective antiseptic. In 1922, he discovered lysozyme, an antibacterial enzyme present in saliva and tears. In 1928, he isolated the substance penicillin, which became the first successful antibiotic for human bacterial infections. His work earned him a Nobel Prize and has forever changed modern medicine. In what accidental way did he discover penicillin? More...
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What a medical revolution he began! How many millions if not billions of people would no longer be alive today, were it not for penicillin and other antibiotics! Thank you, Dr. Fleming!!! And happy birthday!

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Good Lord!!
Just small doses hunh...

Clavulanic acid was also discovered by a group of British scientists working at the drug company Beecham.

Clavulanic acid is used to overcome resistance in bacteria that secrete β-lactamase, which otherwise inactivates most penicillins.





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In 1928 he spent August on holiday with his family. Before leaving, he had stacked all his cultures of staphylococci on a bench in a corner of his laboratory. On returning, Fleming noticed that one culture was contaminated with a fungus, and that the colonies of staphylococci that had immediately surrounded it had been destroyed, whereas other colonies farther away were normal. Fleming showed the contaminated culture to his former assistant Merlin Price, who reminded him, "That's how you discovered lysozyme. Fleming grew the mould in a pure culture and found that it produced a substance that killed a number of disease-causing bacteria
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What a great man! I kowtow before you.
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Alexander Fleming Discovers Penicillin
By Jennifer Rosenberg

In 1928, bacteriologist Alexander Fleming made a chance discovery from an already discarded, contaminated Petri dish. The mold that had contaminated the experiment turned out to contain a powerful antibiotic, penicillin. However, though Fleming was credited with the discovery, it was over a decade before someone else turned penicillin into the miracle drug for the 20th century.

In 1928, while sorting through his pile of dishes, Fleming's former lab assistant, D. Merlin Pryce stopped by to visit with Fleming. Fleming took this opportunity to gripe about the amount of extra work he had to do since Pryce had transferred from his lab. To demonstrate, Fleming rummaged through the large pile of plates he had placed in the Lysol tray and pulled out several that had remained safely above the Lysol. Had there not been so many, each would have been submerged in Lysol, killing the bacteria to make the plates safe to clean and then reuse.

While picking up one particular dish to show Pryce, Fleming noticed something strange about it. While he had been away, a mold had grown on the dish. That in itself was not strange. However, this particular mold seemed to have killed the Staphylococcus aureus that had been growing in the dish. Fleming realized that this mold had potential.

http://history1900s.about.com/od/medicaladvancesissues/a/penicillin.htm
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People such as Dr. Fleming are the kind of heroes that our young people should admire.

Instead, so many young people admire and want to emulate athletes, singers, etc., many of whom are hardly worthy role models.

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TheParser wrote:
People such as Dr. Fleming are the kind of heroes that our young people should admire.

Instead, so many young people admire and want to emulate athletes, singers, etc., many of whom are hardly worthy role models.



Applause
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One of the greatest human being
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No one knows how many life has he saved, or how much human suffering he has prevented Applause
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TheParser wrote:
People such as Dr. Fleming are the kind of heroes that our young people should admire.

Instead, so many young people admire and want to emulate athletes, singers, etc., many of whom are hardly worthy role models.



Athletes aren't so bad.
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And then there's the whole Bond thing...what a genius.

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MechPebbles wrote:


Athletes aren't so bad.


I am sure that they are fine people in your country.

Here in the United States, everyone admits that many professional athletes are thugs.
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