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11 Scientists Who Experimented on Themselves

Would you inject 50 hookworms under your skin for your job? Or steam in a vomit sauna for a few hours? Hopefully we non-scientists will never have to answer questions like these. But for the 11 brave souls on this list, experimenting on themselves was all in a day’s work. 1. Benjamin Franklin The man on the [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jonas Salk

You probably know Jonas Salk as the man behind the polio vaccine. You may not know about his scientific rivalries, love life, and non-polio projects, though. Let’s take a look at five unheralded aspects of the doctor’s life. 1. He Wasn’t Big on Patents Shortly after Salk’s vaccine breakthrough, legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow sat down with [...]

What Does it Matter if I’m Allergic to Eggs? (A Flu Shot FAQ)

Since we’re right in the middle of flu shot season, here are the answers to a few questions you might be mulling over on your way to get your injection of this year’s vaccine cocktail. How long have flu shots been around? The flu has been making us sick since at least 1580, when a major [...]