Dr. Selman Abraham Waksman, left, discoverer of streptomycin and neomycin, and Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of Penicillin, examine cultures at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., July 11, 1949. (Photo: AP)

In early March 1942, Anne Miller no doubt wondered if she would live to see spring.

She lay dying in a New Haven Hospital. Four weeks earlier, as February temperatures unseasonably soared into the 50s, she had miscarried.

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