Medical Research: The Vaccine Chronicles

February 8, 2017

(Nature) – A rare probity permeates Meredith Wadman’s The Vaccine Race, the riveting story of a human fetal cell line, the scientists who established it and the front lines of vaccine research where it was deployed. In the epilogue, Wadman tracks down ‘Mrs X’, the Swedish woman whose aborted fetus gave rise to the cell line without her knowledge. Wadman promised never to make her name public or to contact her again. The book — the first from Wadman, a former Nature journalist — invites comparison with Rebecca Skloot’s 2007 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown).