The Carleton Prize For Biotechnology Nomination

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The Carleton Prize for Biotechnology Nomination
Alexander Fleming, a name often connected to the evolution of medicine. Perhaps one of the most impactful and influential scientific researchers of the 20th century thus making him the most deserving to receive The Carleton Prize for Biotechnology. Providing enormous advances in the understanding of human biology through his findings of Lysozyme and Benzyl penicillin (The Nobel Foundation, 1945). Lysozyme has acted as a stepping stool for scientists in further understanding the human immune system and Benzyl penicillin later transformed into one of the most vastly used antibiotics in human history. He and his co-scientists (Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain) were recognized by receiving the
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What Fleming was particularly interested in was the concept that even though people do obtain bacterial infections at times, majority of the time the human body prevents bacterial infections from affecting the body. During this researching period, Fleming graduated St. Mary’s Medical School once again with a Bachelor of Bacteriology at the same time receiving the gold medal for the top student (Maurois, 1956). In 1914 Fleming concluded his research under Almroth Wright’s guidance and unknowingly continued his journey on to becoming the man with the answer to the biggest human health issue at the time (Maurois, 1956)

In a time when antibiotics were not up to par with bacterial infections, someone, somewhere, needed to find the answer to getting rid of the bacterial infections that were killing people all over the world. Bacterial Meningitis was causing children to die or obtain a permanent disease, strep throat, pneumonia, laryngitis, ear infections were travelling to the brain (2006). That was just the start of the infections that were causing serious illness’ or death of people everywhere. Bacteria reproduces at hyper speed and no proper treatments were discovered. So, who would this miracle person be? In 1914, during World War I, Alexander Fleming joined the army and became a Captain in the Royal Army Medicals Corps where he worked as a
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