1928 Penicillin

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Alexander Fleming pharmacology



Painter’s brush

Fungi, including mushrooms and yeasts used in making bread and beer, are more closely related to animals than to plants. From various fungi, we derive antibiotics, antifungal agents, anti-cholesterol statins, immunosuppressants, alkaloids for the treatment of migranes, and hallucigens. Penicillium is a genus of fungi named after the Latin for “painter’s brush.”

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