Season 13, Episode 19 The Rise of a Wonder Drug

First Aired: March 18, 1986

The development of penicillin is chronicled, beginning with Alexander Fleming's observation in 1928 that mold growing in a dish killed surrounding bacteria. Included: use of the antibiotic during World War II; and interviews with researchers involved in its development.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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