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Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

How Gertrude Elion Became a Pioneer of Modern Medicine

Gertrude Elion and George Hitchings were a drug-making dream team. They built highly efficient, targeted synthetic drugs to perform specific tasks. Elion and her team built a new antiviral drug in the 1970s to treat herpes, ushering in a new age of medicine and paving the way for designer drugs that could treat a huge range of illnesses.

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Behavior

Learn the importance of persuading the public to protect themselves during health crises.
Season 1 Episode 4
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Data

Track the importance of data mapping and analysis in the quest to improve public health.
Season 1 Episode 3
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Medical Drugs

Learn about the surprisingly recent invention of medicine that combats illness directly.
Season 1 Episode 2
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Vaccines

See the role vaccination plays in our growing ability to prevent the spread of illness.
Season 1 Episode 1
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