Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. 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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