Molecule Advent Day 5: Penicillin

Allow more room for experiments

And mistakes

It’s Monday morning and we have a seriously important molecule for you today –  Penicillin. Jenny Bartle has found out a bit about the history of penicillin. But do you know why penicillin is one of the most important scientific mistakes?

Penicillin was the first antibiotic to be discovered in the modern era, by Alexander Fleming. It’s discovery led to a revolution in medicine, with mass production starting in World War 2, fighting soldier’s  infections. Since then, many other antibiotics have been discovered.  Unfortunately, many are ceasing to work because bacteria are able to evolve resistance to antibiotics, this is known as antimicrobial resistance.

penicillin-core
Soure: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Penicillin-core.png

 

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the big challenges facing our world. Many people are carrying out research and innovation to find new ways to fight bacteria.  Can you find any information about how people are trying to combat AMR?