Breakthrough: Katalin Karikó and the mRNA Vaccine

By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

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Publisher Lerner Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ISBN


Breakthrough: Katalin Karikó and the mRNA Vaccine

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Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, scientist Katalin Karikó was one of the few people who believed in the potential of mRNA to help cells fight off disease.

Breakthrough chronicles Karikó's relentless pursuit of knowledge and dedication to helping people, depicting her as an inspirational figure for readers interested in science. The book contextualizes Karikó's work within her upbringing in a small village in rural Hungary, the discrimination she faced as an immigrant and woman scientist, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Accessible descriptions of the science behind mRNA support the main narrative, and profiles of other significant figures in the development of the mRNA vaccine illustrate how scientific achievement is never earned alone.

“Katalin Karikó Timeline.” “Coronavirus and Pandemic Timeline.” Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Suggestions for further information. Index. Black-and-white and full-color map, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs. 
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