SSC General Science & Technology Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-3

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    The antibiotic penicillin is obtained from:

    A)  Fungus

    B)  virus-infected cells

    C)  A bacterium

    D)  Synthetic means

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] Penicillin is a secondary metabolite of certain species of Penicillium and is produced when growth of the fungus is inhibited by stress. It is not produced during active growth. Penicillin antibiotics were among the first medications to be effective against many bacterial infections caused by staphylococci and streptococci. Penicillins are still widely used today, though many types of bacteria have developed resistance following extensive use. Penicillin was discovered in 1928 by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming. People began using it to treat infections in 1942.

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