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A Miracle From A Mould AKA Alexander Fleming & Penicillin Discovery (1944)

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Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown. Titles read: 'African Mirror No. 246 - A MIRACLE FROM A MOULD'. C/Us of mouldy potatoes, bread and fruit. M/S still of Professor Alexander Fleming of St Mary's Hospital, London, the man who discovered penicillin. C/Us of laboratory dishes with mould cultures on them, as commentator explains the work that led to the discovery of the drug. C/U of specimen of penicillin spores that has been sent to South Africa (label on side of bottle is dated 6 January 1944). The bottle is opened and a tiny tube with a pellet inside it taken out. The tube is cut open, the pellet is dropped into a test tube of fluid. The fluid is added to other tubes and incubated in a special cabinet. Later, the tubes are taken out. C/U of one of the test tubes to show it is now a large, mouldy blob. The penicillin is transferred into glass flasks for further incubation. Shot of the flasks with clear liquid inside; fade into shot of flasks with mass of white mould inside. Fluid is taken from the flasks and put into test tubes. C/Us of test tubes shows how the penicillin drug has cleared deadly germs in one of them. Scientist looks through microscope. Magnified view of "the wonder fungus". C/U of still of Professor Alexander Fleming. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:1944.23