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Mouldy old dough.

The original mould which helped a Scots scientist discover penicillin has been sold for pounds 23,000.

US health firm Pfizer snapped up Sir Alexander Fleming's two-inch glass slide at an auction yesterday.

Sir Alexander, born in Ayrshire in 1881, discovered penicillin almost by accident in 1928.

The scientist, who died in 1955, noticed that mould on his microscope slide destroyed bacteria.

That slide is kept in his old lab at St Mary's Hospital, London.

But his assistant gave some of the original mould to his secretary Diane Huntingford, 49, who sold it yesterday.

Auctioneers Sotheby's said: "I think it's the first time we've auctioned mould."

Pfizer, who devised the mass production of penicillin in 1942, beat off competition from Australia to buy the mould.
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Date:Mar 9, 1996
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