Isolating strains of the mumps virus leads to vaccine development

Dr William Beveridge using hens' eggs to grow and study the mumps virus

Dr William Beveridge and Miss Patricia Lind begin studies into the mumps virus, commencing trials of a potential vaccine.

Returning to the egg

Mumps research was boosted the previous year by a discovery in the US that the mumps virus could be grown in chicken eggs, much like the infleunza virus. Beveridge and Lind refine the technique and isolate five strains of the virus for further study. Their work leads to the development of vaccine candidates that are trialled in humans.

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