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The Mold In Dr. Florey's Coat Standard textbooks credit one Alexander Fleming for the discovery and development of penicillin. In fact, the story behind the world's first...The Mold In Dr. Florey's CoatNonfiction Standard textbooks credit one Alexander Fleming for the discovery and development of penicillin. In fact, the story behind the world's first...2004-04-09
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The Mold In Dr. Florey's Coat

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Eric Lax; Status: In Season

Standard textbooks credit one Alexander Fleming for the discovery and development of penicillin. In fact, the story behind the world’s first antibiotic was a 12-year saga involving the tireless energies of several brilliant minds. Lax adeptly chronicles the triumphs of visionary researchers in a shoestring-budget laboratory as well as the seething jealousies of academic rivals and greedy pharmaceutical firms, giving a little-known story an invigorating, uh, shot in the arm.

Originally posted April 9 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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