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The Resource The vaccine race : how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses, Meredith Wadman

The vaccine race : how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses, Meredith Wadman

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The vaccine race : how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses
Title
The vaccine race
Title remainder
how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses
Statement of responsibility
Meredith Wadman
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The epic and controversial story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the creation of some of the world's most important vaccines. Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of American children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant; there was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated foetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted foetus from Sweden, produced safe, clean cells that allowed the creation of vaccines against rubella and other common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a devastating German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day wipe out homegrown rubella. The rubella vaccine and others made with those foetal cells have protected more than 150 million people in the United States, the vast majority of them preschoolers. The new cells and the method of making them also led to vaccines that have protected billions of people around the world from polio, rabies, chicken pox, measles, hepatitis A, shingles and adenovirus. Meredith Wadman's masterful account recovers not only the science of this urgent race, but also the political roadblocks that nearly stopped the scientists. She describes the terrible dilemmas of pregnant women exposed to German measles and recounts testing on infants, prisoners, orphans, and the intellectually disabled, which was common in the era. These events take place at the dawn of the battle over using human foetal tissue in research, during the arrival of big commerce in campus labs, and as huge changes take place in the laws and practices governing who "owns" research cells and the profits made from biological inventions. It is also the story of yet one more unrecognised woman whose cells have been used to save countless lives. With another frightening virus imperiling pregnant women on the rise today, no medical story could have more human drama, impact, or urgency today than The Vaccine Race"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
AUNTL
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Wadman, Meredith
Dewey number
614.523
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rubella vaccines
  • Rubella
  • MMR vaccine
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Rubella vaccines
  • Viral vaccines
  • Vaccines
  • MMR vaccine
  • Cytology
  • Human experimentation in medicine
  • Vaccines
  • Vaccination
Target audience
adult
Label
The vaccine race : how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses, Meredith Wadman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059568603
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
435 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780857522733
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)970655050
Label
The vaccine race : how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses, Meredith Wadman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000059568603
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
435 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780857522733
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)970655050

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