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  • Scientific American Volume 191, Issue 6

    The Physics of Viruses

    The structure and function of the smallest living things are presently studied by physicists using a wide variety of physical methods and tools, among them the cyclotron

    December 1, 1954 | Ernest C. Pollard | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 192, Issue 3

    Unknown Viruses

    In Africa and South America investigators discovered 11 Viruses not identified with any disease. These are now studied because they are potentially dangerous and shed light on the behavior of all viruses

    March 1, 1955 | George W. Gray | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 197, Issue 4

    The Specificity of Antibodies

    Research is beginning to show how these body proteins "recognize" and react with particular foreign molecules and not with others that have very nearly the same chemical structure and properties

    October 1, 1957 | S. J. Singer | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 200, Issue 2


    It is now apparent that the three viruses which cause polio belong to a family of more than 50 viruses which ordinarily dwell in the human alimentary tract without causing disease

    February 1, 1959 | Joseph L. Melnick | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 187, Issue 5

    A New Era in Polio Research

    Until recently the virus that causes the disease was grown by the expensive and inconvenient procedure of inoculating monkeys with it. Now it can be cultivated in the test tube

    November 1, 1952 | Joseph L. Melnick | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 189, Issue 1

    Gamma Globulin in Polio

    The field trials have most significantly shown that small amounts of antibody are sufficient to prevent the disease, a fact that enhances the prospect of a successful vaccine

    July 1, 1953 | William McD. Hammon | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 192, Issue 4

    Vaccines For Poliomyelitis

    There has been some discussion as to whether one made of "killed" viruses can be as effective as one made of live viruses. A brief account of the matter by an investigator of killed-virus vaccine

    April 1, 1955 | Jonas E. Salk | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 306, Issue 4 Revealed: How Cold War Scientists Joined Forces to Conquer Polio

    Revealed: How Cold War Scientists Joined Forces to Conquer Polio

    While the superpowers were busy threatening to destroy each other with nuclear weapons, Albert B. Sabin turned to a surprising ally to test his new oral polio vaccine—a Soviet scientist

    April 1, 2012 | William Swanson | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 232, Issue 5

    The Molecular Biology of Poliovirus

    The agent of a once dreaded disease has become a tame laboratory organism, an excellent instrument for studying the multiplication of a virus and the cellular machinery it converts to that purpose

    May 1, 1975 | David Baltimore and Deborah H. Spector | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 256, Issue 3

    The Structure of Poliovirus

    The virus renowned for its devastating effects has become a model for in vestigating the molecular links between form and function. Analysis of its structure will enlarge the scope of viral research.

    March 1, 1987 | David J. Filman, James M. Hogle and Marie Chow | 0

  • April 1998

    Post-Polio Syndrome

    Decades after recovering much of their muscular strength, survivors of paralytic polio are reporting unexpected fatigue, pain and weakness. The cause appears to be degeneration of motor neurons

    April 1, 1998 | Lauro S. Halstead | 0

  • March 2004 A Strategy of Containment

    A Strategy of Containment

    Pathogens take windows of opportunity, and so must humans, says David L. Heymann, who helped to create a global early-warning and response network

    March 1, 2004 | Christine Soares | 0

  • January 2005 Polio Postponed

    Polio Postponed

    Politics slow polio's eradication--and cause it to spread

    January 1, 2005 | Christine Soares | 0

  • Scientific American Volume 306, Issue 4 Why Polio Isn't Going Away

    Why Polio Isn't Going Away

    As the number of cases of the paralytic disease fall, world health officials have to grapple with a vexing problem: a component of the most widely used polio vaccine now causes more disease than the virus it is supposed to fight

    April 1, 2012 | Helen Branswell | 0

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