Fredrick Griffith

Fredrick Griffith
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  • Frederick Griffith
  • I study bacteria
  • By: Jason Arntt
  • Griffith reported what is now known as the griffith experiment
  • The scientific term of my experiment is pneumococcal transformation
  • His hypothesis was that non pathogenic strain of the bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae) could be induced to take on the disease-causing characteristics of a different strain. A finding which formed the foundation of the transforming principle. 
  • Frederick Griffith reported his experiment in 1928. It was not until a decade after his death that Oswald Avery and others concluded that the transforming agent described by Griffith was DNA, and that DNA carries information within the cell.
  • I worked at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, the Joseph Tie Laboratory, and the Royal commissions on Tuberculosis.
  • Griffiths discovery made an impact because it helped researchers and scientists in the medical community how to discover more efficient antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.
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