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Google Doodle honors the birth of chickenpox vaccine inventor

Chickenpox Vaccine Inventor

Google Doodle is celebrating the birthday of the person who invented the vaccination for Chickenpox today. The name of the person was Michiaki Takahashi. Michiaki Takahashi’s kid was diagnosed with chickenpox, prompting the Japanese researcher to apply his knowledge to prevent the highly contagious disease.

The Google search engine’s Doodle artwork is commemorating the birthday of Dr. Michiaki Takahashi, a Japanese virologist who discovered the first chickenpox vaccine. Takahashi’s vaccine, which has been given to millions of children around the world, is an effective way to avoid severe cases of infectious viral disease and its spread.

Tatsuro Kiuchi, a guest artist from Japan, has created today’s Google Doodle. Tatsuro Kiuchi remarked that by creating this Doodle, he was able to discover that immunizations can defeat a highly contagious disease and alter the world. Takahashi graduated from Osaka University with a medical degree in 1928 and joined the Research Institute for Microbial Disease in 1959. In 1963, he obtained a research fellowship at Baylor College in the United States to study measles and polioviruses. Takahashi’s kid contracted chickenpox around this time, prompting the Japanese researcher to focus his knowledge on controlling the highly transmissible disease.

After growing live but attenuated chickenpox viruses in animal and human tissue, Takahashi produced the varicella vaccine. During a further thorough investigation with immunosuppressed patients, the vaccine was proved to be exceedingly effective. As the only varicella vaccine approved by the World Health Organization, the Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases began rolling out the vaccine in Japan in 1986. He went on to become the director of the Microbial Disease Study Group at Osaka University, a position he held until his retirement.

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