On this day in 1906 the biochemist and Nobel laureate Ernst Chain, best known for his work in the synthetic production of penicillin, was born. To mark his birthday, and to highlight a fascinating exhibition on ‘Superbugs’, the Science Museum has today published a blog and video where CABI’s Genetic Resource Collection Curator Dr Matthew Ryan explores Fleming’s Penicillium and the potential of microorganisms.
Filmed within CABI’s National Culture Collection, Dr Ryan reveals that “you are never too far away from mould” as he outlines some fascinating facts about some of the more than 28,000 living strains of fungi and bacteria that form the collection.
The Superbugs exhibition includes Penicillium grown by CABI scientist Helen Stewart from an original strain owned by CABI.
CABI’s Microbial and Molecular Services (MMS)
Relevant CABI-published books
Antimicrobial Peptides, Discovery, Design and Novel Therapeutic Strategies, Edited by G Wang, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA
Antimicrobial Stewardship, Principles and Practice, Edited by K LaPlante, Veterans Affairs Medical Centre, USA, C Cunha, Brown University, USA, H Morrill, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, L Rice, Rhode Island Hospital, USA, E Mylonakis, Division of Infectious Diseases, Rhode Island Hospital, USA