The Value of a Cell

The Value of a Cell

To the Editors: I am not sure how your reviewer Gavin Francis took away from my book, The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease, the idea that the mini-vaccine factories known as WI-38 cells were “donated,” as he writes, for research. The cells came from the lungs of an approximately seventeen-week fetus legally aborted in Sweden in 1962.

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