Introducing Inoculation, 1721
Introducing Inoculation, 1721
As a deadly smallpox outbreak ravaged Boston, one of the city’s leaders advocated for a preventive measure he’d learned about from Onesimus, an enslaved man.
Introducing Inoculation, 1721
Introducing Inoculation, 1721

As a deadly smallpox outbreak ravaged Boston, one of the city’s leaders advocated for a preventive measure he’d learned about from Onesimus, an enslaved man.

As a deadly smallpox outbreak ravaged Boston, one of the city’s leaders advocated for a preventive measure he’d learned about from Onesimus, an enslaved man.

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Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Jef Akst | Oct 28, 2020
J. Michael Lane was the director of the CDC’s successful program to eradicate smallpox.
Bovine Inoculations, circa 1870s
Bovine Inoculations, circa 1870s
Christopher DeCou | Jun 1, 2019
Lymph from cattle proved more effective at inducing immunity to smallpox than the older, person-to-person method.
Smallpox Kerfuffle Reveals Biosecurity Problems
Smallpox Kerfuffle Reveals Biosecurity Problems
Kerry Grens | Jul 12, 2017
A review of a 2014 incident in which mystery vials of smallpox were found at the NIH reveals security weaknesses, but also concludes the response was appropriate. 
CDC Lab Resumes After Safety Lapses
CDC Lab Resumes After Safety Lapses
Kerry Grens | Jul 25, 2014
A high-security tuberculosis lab at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may return to transferring hazardous materials.
CDC Halts Hazardous Biomaterial Transfers
CDC Halts Hazardous Biomaterial Transfers
Tracy Vence | Jul 11, 2014
Following recent high-profile safety lapses in government labs, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has placed a moratorium on movement of biological materials from BSL-3 and BSL-4 facilities.
Smallpox Vials Found in FDA Storage
Smallpox Vials Found in FDA Storage
Kerry Grens | Jul 8, 2014
Employees packing up an old storage unit run by the US Food and Drug Administration uncovered 16 forgotten vials of smallpox.
Researchers: Don’t Destroy Smallpox Virus Yet
Researchers: Don’t Destroy Smallpox Virus Yet
Bob Grant | May 2, 2014
Scientists urge the World Health Organization to delay destroying the last remaining laboratory stocks of live variola virus because there’s more research to be done.
Pox Vaccine Treats Liver Cancer
Cristina Luiggi | Nov 11, 2011
A genetically engineered smallpox vaccine improved the survival of liver cancer patients participating in a phase II clinical trial.
A Scar Nobly Got
Michael Willrich | Jul 1, 2011
The story of the US government’s efforts to stamp out smallpox in the early 20th century offers insights into the science and practice of mass vaccination.