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Penicillin production and extraction

A specially-designed ceramic vessel was introduced to regularise penicillin production [1, 2, 3]. The vessels could be stacked for larger-scale production and readily transported. The vessels were tipped up and the culture containing the penicillin collected with a 'pistol' [4]. The extraction of the penicillin from the culture was partly automated with a counter-current apparatus [5, 6]. Some of the work had to be done by hand using glass bottles as separation funnels [7].

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