Medicine: Mold for Infections

A marvelous mold that saves lives when sulfa drugs fail was described in the British Lancet last month by Professor Howard Walter Florey and colleagues of Oxford.+ The healing principle, called penicillin, is extracted from the velvety-green Penicillium notatum, a relative of the cheese mold. Although it does not kill germs, the mold stops the growth of streptococci and staphylococci with a power "as great or greater than that of the most powerful antiseptics known." Once the germs are checked, the body's white blood cells finish them.

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