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Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Alexander Fleming's Messy Desk Leads to a Major Discovery

Alexander Fleming's untidy desk becomes the key to a major scientific breakthrough when a particle of bacteria from his laboratory floats onto a petri dish on a desk in his study. This accident in a petri dish leads to his discovery that naturally-occurring mold could be a bacteria killer, setting the stage for the invention of penicillin further down the line.

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Behavior

Learn the importance of persuading the public to protect themselves during health crises.
Season 1 Episode 4
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Data

Track the importance of data mapping and analysis in the quest to improve public health.
Season 1 Episode 3
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Medical Drugs

Learn about the surprisingly recent invention of medicine that combats illness directly.
Season 1 Episode 2
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Vaccines

See the role vaccination plays in our growing ability to prevent the spread of illness.
Season 1 Episode 1
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