Brendan Borrell

Brendan Borrell is a biologist and journalist who has written about science and the environment for dozens of outlets, including Outside, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nature, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. He is the author of “The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine”

Vaccines Were a Mysterious Lifesaver Long Before We Understood Them

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How a science that now saves countless lives started with dairymaids who never got smallpox.

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