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Scientists sequence the 92-year-old mold that produced the first antibiotic, penicillin

Scientists sequence the 92-year-old mold that produced the first antibiotic, penicillin

The accidental discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, when mold contaminated one of his petri dishes, changed the course of modern medicine, with antibiotics key to the decline of many diseases over the course of the 20th century.

Now, scientists have woken up Fleming’s original Penicillium mold and sequenced its genome for the first time. They say the information they have gleaned could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

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