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A Brief History of Polio Vaccines

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Science  02 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5471, pp. 1593-1594
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5471.1593

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  • Stuart Blume obtained a D.Phil. in chemistry from the University of Oxford. He has worked at the University of Sussex, the London School of Economics, and for the British government. He now studies technological changes in medicine and health care. Ingrid Geesink, a sociologist, wrote her Master's thesis on the development of tissue engineering as a research field.

    CREDIT: ALLAN BURCH
  • The “Bilthoven Unit,” designed by the Dutch microbiologists van Hemert (pictured) and van Wezel, generated large quantities of poliovirus for vaccine production in the 1960s.

    CREDIT: PAUL VAN HEMERT

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