Penicillin: Compound Story Part Six

Laboratory materials

“What is Penicillin’s type of bonding?” Dr. Fleming wondered.

“Penicillin acts on bacteria by preventing cell wall formation. Once in the body, it is taken up into bacterial cells. These cells then try to divide and form more cells, which bonds irreversibly to a key enzyme for cell wall production. It is pretty cool actually,” Roni said.

“That does sound extraordinary! So you are basically telling me that this is a life-saving drug,” Dr. Fleming glances at the fungus and asks, “How is this made?”

“Well, penicillin is made from Penicillium mold, which is made in deep fermentation tanks by adding a kind of sugar and other ingredients. But eventually, scientists isolate Penicillin from the fungus.” Roni said as he sat on the couch in the office.

“Whoa, how did you know the answers so suddenly?!” Dr. Fleming said surprised by how fast Roni answered him.

“My grandma would read me my favorite book about Penicillin. It had every fact, and you are even in it!” Roni said happily but then turned sad, “but now I may never read the book again or see my grandma. I should have never wished to go back in time. I wish to go home.”

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