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

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The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses by Meredith Wadman

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By Meredith Wadman

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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. The is story of a major breakthrough in cell biology.

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