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Dr Lily FitzGibbon from the Motivation Science Lab, University of Reading, investigates how we can understand curiosity, as part of a Live Science residency at the Science Museum.

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.

By Martin Johnson

Bob Edwards and IVF

Professor Martin Johnson explores the difficulties experienced by physiologist and Nobel laureate Bob Edwards in his pioneering IVF work.

By a guest author

Health Hacking

Type 1 Diabetes is a condition that needs to be managed around the clock. Ask anyone who has managed this condition for an extended amount of time and you will hear that the main challenges are not the multiple daily injections, or even the invasive blood testing, but the mental pressure to keep track of your blood sugars, treatments, medication calculations and the relentless effort to keep this never-ending juggling act going.