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Photograph showing Jojo, a baby gorilla at Belle Vue, Manchester.

Dr. Gillian Forrester from Me, Human and Birkbeck, University of London investigates how traits from our 500 million-year-old brain still underpin some of our most important human behaviours, as part of a Live Science residency at the Science Museum.

As part of our recent exhibition The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution, rare disease expert, Dr Matthew Lumley, explains how the future is much brighter for people living with haemophilia today.

A dried down culture of the fungus Penicillium rubens derived from Sir Alexander Flemings penicillin producing strain, deposited in the CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) culture collection in the 1940s. This dish contains penicillium spores taken from Alexander Fleming’s research plates. By being fungal spores, this growth from 2017 is a clone of the penicillium that is commonly benchmarked as the first recorded observation of penicillin in 1928. The publication of his findings from this mould would lead him to share the Nobel Prize with associates Fleury and Chain in 1945.

Genetic Resource Collection Curator at the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, Matthew Ryan, explores Fleming’s Penicillium and the potential of microorganisms.

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