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The Vaccine Race - Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease-logo

The Vaccine Race - Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease

Meredith Wadman

"Riveting . . . [The Vaccine Race] invites comparison with Rebecca Skloot's 2007 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."-Nature "This is a story about the war against disease-a war without end-and the development of enormously important vaccines, but in telling that story, in showing how science works, Meredith Wadman reveals much more. I loved this book." -John M. Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza The epic and controversial story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the conquest of rubella and other devastating diseases. 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 fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus 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 fetal 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 fetal tissue in research,

"Riveting . . . [The Vaccine Race] invites comparison with Rebecca Skloot's 2007 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."-Nature "This is a story about the war against disease-a war without end-and the development of enormously important vaccines, but in telling that story, in showing how science works, Meredith Wadman reveals much more. I loved this book." -John M. Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza The epic and controversial story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the conquest of rubella and other devastating diseases. 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 fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus 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 fetal 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 fetal tissue in research,
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"Riveting . . . [The Vaccine Race] invites comparison with Rebecca Skloot's 2007 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."-Nature "This is a story about the war against disease-a war without end-and the development of enormously important vaccines, but in telling that story, in showing how science works, Meredith Wadman reveals much more. I loved this book." -John M. Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza The epic and controversial story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the conquest of rubella and other devastating diseases. 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 fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus 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 fetal 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 fetal tissue in research,

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nancy Linari

Length:

19h 17m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:47


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:28


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:55


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:29


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:30


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:31


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:53


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:23


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:49


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:11


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:41


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:30


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:41


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:51


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:49


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:17


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:30


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:48


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:51


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:34


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:34


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:18


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:34


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:40


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:09


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:13


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:21


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:26


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:48


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:45


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:48


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:26


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:50


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:50


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:55


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:23


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:01


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:40


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:01


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:23


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:27


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:05


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:49


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

07:55


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:50


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:22


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:44


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:32


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:19


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:56


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:37


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:42


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:24


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:05


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:53


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:58


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

08:54


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:28


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:50


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:58


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:45


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:26


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

07:00


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:07


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:17


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:27


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:46


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

08:18


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:56


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:59


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:56


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

08:05


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:16


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:56


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

08:39


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:33


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:39


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:23


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:16


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:39


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:38


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:45


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:40


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:49


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:27


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:50


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

08:35


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:49


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

00:37