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Plate Reader - Penicillin, circa 1945 Document Reg. No: HT 3243

Plate reader used for penicillin colony detection. Moulds being screened for penicillin production are grown on agar covered plates with a bacterium sensitive to penicillin. The bigger the clear spot around the bacterial colonies, the more potent the penicillin. The light box shows up even faint spots by oblique light. Possibly manufactured by AO Spencer/Eimer and Amend/NY USA. Used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited, Parkville, Victoria from c1945
Irregular black hexagonal shaped light box with circular glass window inserted in front and circular glass magnifier protruding perpendicular to window attached on a rod support. Electric powered.
Statement Of Significance:
An example of equipment used in the early manufacture of penicillin by CSL
Acquisition Information:
Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 32.50 cm (Height), 27.00 cm (Width), 30.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: laboratory apparatus, lightscopes, penicillin
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Medical Research
Tertiary Classification: laboratory equipment
Inscriptions: Front: SPENCER/EIMER AND AMEND/NEW YORK 14.N.Y., U.S.A.
User: CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), Parkville, Victoria, Australia

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