Medicine: Vaccine for Polio

There was solid good news on the polio front last week, and some not so solid. Across the U.S., many a hasty reader got the idea that polio could be licked in 1953. The sober facts:

Research Director Harry Weaver told the top brass of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis that a way has been found to treat polio virus with chemicals so that it is 1) too weak to cause the disease, but 2) still capable, when injected, of inducing the human system to manufacture antibodies. These antibodies (tiny protein particles in the blood) will protect the subject against a...

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