The history of inoculation may sound a little dry, but it’s really an epic tale of human trafficking, semi-illicit experimentation, and high explosives. It’s a globe-hopping story that stars harem girls, noblewomen, prisoners, princesses, slaves, and even a witch hunter.
So remember how scientists found unapproved vials of smallpox in a forgotten storage room a few weeks ago? Turns out, they weren’t quite finished yet. Now, officials have revealed they have actually uncovered over 300 vials of pathogens including dengue, influenza and spotted fever. Whoops.