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Oxford's contribution to the development of Penicillin treatment is being celebrated today, 75 years on from the first discovery of its potential to combat bacterial infections.

Penicillin fungi in petri dishes © science photo - Shutterstock

Few discoveries have impacted human life across the globe as fundamentally as antibiotics. Staples of modern medicine, they are used to treat a wide range of illnesses and infections. Their discovery has rendered previously life-threatening conditions benign, changed our attitude towards illness and mortality, and made possible ever more complex surgical advancements.

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