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Penicillin: A Paradigm for Biotechnology

Uncle Al UncleAl0 at hate.spam.net
Fri May 18 10:15:30 EST 2001


"R. I. Mateles" wrote:
> 
> Penicillin: A Paradigm for Biotechnology
> Richard I. Mateles, Editor
[snip]

The first large scale production of penicillin was done in a
remarkably large number of British bedpans.  When they finally went to
submerged culture in vats the quintessential breakthrough in
controlled addition of phenylacetic acid to make penicllin-G without
killing the mold was made by a janitor tired of smelling cat piss
(phenylacetic acid) everywhere.

Let's not gild the lily.  Management has *always* been incompetent.

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