Medicine: Vaccine for Measles

A vaccine against measles is at last in sight. This momentous news was announced last week to a Manhattan conference of virus experts by Harvard's famed Virologist John Franklin Enders, winner of a Nobel Prize for developing the tissue-culture foundation on which the Salk polio vaccine was built.

Measles has been around so long and is so nearly universal among dense populations that it is widely regarded as an unavoidable childhood disease. But measles is a severe illness, definitely dangerous for children under three and for adults; it can lead to pneumonia and severe middle-ear infections (though in well-doctored areas these...

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