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Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:50 PM

She was Demoted, Doubted and Rejected But Now Her Work is the Basis of the Covid-19 Vaccine

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She was Demoted, Doubted and Rejected But Now Her Work is the Basis of the Covid-19 Vaccine

The foundation of the COVID-19 vaccine, and many others, can be drawn back to the work of an intrepid immigrant to the United States from Hungary, whose never-say-die attitude and belief in her work led to one of the most important technological developments in vaccine research.

Katalin Karikó is now being talked about for a Nobel Prize, but life wasn’t always so congratulatory for her, and the story about how she practically invented mRNA and RNA-derived therapies and vaccines—the basis of so many lifesaving treatments—was filled with challenges.

When Karikó left her native Hungary with husband and young child, she had just $1,200 stuffed in her daughter’s teddy bear. Now, after years of her work developing mRNA and RNA technologies, she is the senior vice-president for the German pharmaceutical giant BioNTech, and her work has received more than 12,000 academic citations.

After graduating with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Szeged, she afterwards embarked on a research career at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

However, after getting laid off, Karikó subsequently relocated to the United States after receiving an invitation from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1985. She would eventually transfer to University of Pennsylvania, which would end up being an extremely difficult period.

In that time, messenger RNA research was extremely popular, but shortly after she arrived, the method for using a virus’s genetic material to command a human body to duplicate certain proteins to fight the virus was considered too radical, and too financially risky to fund.

The failed grant applications began piling up on Karikó’s desk, but she was not deterred.

Ten years after she arrived in Philadelphia, she was demoted from her position at UPenn and was then diagnosed with cancer...


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NNadir Mar 2021 OP
TreasonousBastard Mar 2021 #1
niyad Mar 2021 #2
DURHAM D Mar 2021 #3
niyad Mar 2021 #4
NNadir Mar 2021 #5

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:15 PM

1. It always fascinates me when with 6 billion people on this planet, just one, like this one...

can guide the future.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:41 PM

2. Thank you for sharing the story of this remarkable woman. Would you consider cross-posting this

in Women's Rights And Issues? Thanks in advance.

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:49 PM

3. Good idea.

Also, someone should make sure Rachel Maddow has the story.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 10:55 PM

4. Also a good idea!

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 9, 2021, 11:11 PM

5. Done. n/t.

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