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In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a capsule of original penicillin mold from which Alexander Fleming made the drug known as penicillin on view at Bonham's auction house in London. The international auction house Bonham’s says it has sold a small, patchy disc of mold for $14,597. The off-white, nearly 90-year-old swatch of microbes has a rather extraordinary history: it was first created by Alexander Fleming to make penicillin, a revolutionary discovery that brought the world its first antibiotic. Bonham’s sold the mold Wednesday, March 1 during an auction in London. The germs are preserved in a glass case and feature an inscription by Fleming on the back, identifying it as “the mould that first made penicillin.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a capsule of original penicillin mold from which Alexander Fleming made the drug known as penicillin on view at Bonham's auction house in London. The international auction house Bonham’s says it has sold a small, patchy disc of mold for $14,597. The off-white, nearly 90-year-old swatch of microbes has a rather extraordinary history: it was first created by Alexander Fleming to make penicillin, a revolutionary discovery that brought the world its first antibiotic. Bonham’s sold the mold Wednesday, March 1 during an auction in London. The germs are preserved in a glass case and feature an inscription by Fleming on the back, identifying it as “the mould that first made penicillin.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington is where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. An undisclosed number of hospitals are scheduled to be shut down. Rumors say St. Mary's will be one of the facilities to go. (Associated Press)

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A plaque for Sir Alexander Fleming is featured on a wall at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London. In January 2011, the government introduced a new health bill many fear will bring even more draconian cuts and competition from private providers. The bill is now in the process of being adopted and will overhaul the current management structure and ax more than 20,000 health jobs in the next two years. (Associated Press)

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Nate Bennett-Fleming talks to passers-by in the District on Thursday. Mr. Bennett-Fleming, 25, is campaigning to unseat the incumbent "shadow" representative. (Nate Bennett-Fleming/Special to The Washington Times)