The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses (Paperback)
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The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2018

The epic and controversial story of the major scientific breakthrough that led to the creation of some of the world's most important vaccines.

Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of 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 produced the first safe, clean cells that made possible the mass-production of vaccines against many common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day effectively wipe out rubella for good.

This vaccine - and others made with those cells - have since protected hundreds of millions of people worldwide, the vast majority of them preschool children. Meredith Wadman's account of this great leap forward in medicine is a fascinating and revelatory read.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784160135
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An extraordinary story and Wadman is to be congratulated, not just for uncovering it but for relaying it in such a pacy, stimulating manner. This is a first-class piece of science writing' - Observer

'Extraordinary...The Vaccine Race is a tremendous feat of research and synthesis.' -  Daily Telegraph

'Marvellous...fascinating...Wadman doesn't shy away from some very difficult and unpleasant truths...' - The Literary Review

'Explains complex science in methodical detail.' - Mail on Sunday

'Excellent... an important story, well told' - The Scotsman

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“Hayflick the hero: no limits”

There are countless books on and by ephemeral celebrities, second rate pop stars, over-rated actors, two-dimensional sportmen and shameless politicians who have achieved little and deserve to be forgotten. On the... More

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“Hayflick the hero- no limits!”


There are countless books on and by ephemeral celebrities, second rate pop stars, over-rated actors, two-dimensional sportmen and shameless politicians who have achieved little and deserve to be forgotten. On the... More

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