Medicine: Soap and Flu

That soap and hot water will kill pneumococci, streptococci, gonococci, meningococci, diphtheria bacilli, and the syphilis spirochete, doctors have long known. Last week in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, Bacteriologists Charles Chester Stock and Thomas Francis Jr. of New York University told of their successful experiments in making influenza vaccine from virus and soap solution.

They minced the virus-choked lungs of mice infected with flu, made a brew so powerful that it killed healthy mice even if diluted a million times. But when a suspension of virus was mixed with equal amounts of...

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