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J Exp Med. 2007 Nov 26;204(12):2779-84.

Yellow fever and Max Theiler: the only Nobel Prize for a virus vaccine.

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Center for the History of Science, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden. erling.norrby@kva.se

Abstract

In 1951, Max Theiler of the Rockefeller Foundation received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of an effective vaccine against yellow fever--a discovery first reported in the JEM 70 years ago. This was the first, and so far the only, Nobel Prize given for the development of a virus vaccine. Recently released Nobel archives now reveal how the advances in the yellow fever vaccine field were evaluated more than 50 years ago, and how this led to a prize for Max Theiler.

PMID:
18039952
PMCID:
PMC2118520
DOI:
10.1084/jem.20072290
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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