The invention of the rabies vaccine.

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Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals[1]. It is caused by lyssaviruses.


In 1885, the French scientists Louis Pasteur and Pierre Paul Émile Roux together created a vaccine for rabies in the following manner

  • Cells were extracted from the spinal cords of rabbits infected with the rabies virus. The sample was allowed to dry in sterile air for a few days to attenuate (weaken) the virus.
  • The sample was mixed in a solution and ready to be injected as a vaccine.

Here is a photograph of Louis Pasteur:

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And here is one of Émile Roux:

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