A conversation with Meredith Wadman about the history of vaccines. The story of these life-saving shots includes aborted fetuses, snatched cells, and a discredited theory that refuses to die.
One of the oldest known diseases in the world, rabies is caused by a virus, Lyssavirus, that causes inflammation of the brain. Without vaccination, rabies has a mortality rate of over 99 percent, but is preventable through a vaccine developed in 1885.
Photograph by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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May 20, 2022
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