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December 27th is Louis Pasteur's birthday. Pasteur was a French chemist best known for developing the pasteurization process to slow the development of microbes in milk and wine. The process involves heating the liquid just high enough to kill off any microbial life without spoiling or altering the taste of the product.

He is also responsible for the introduction of the rabies vaccine. His vaccine was developed from the spinal tissue of infected rabbits. He dried out the infected tissue to weaken the virus and injected it into patients who were exposed to rabid animals.

Pasteur is considered one of the founders of microbiology and one of France's greatest scientific heroes. Find out what else occurred on this day in science history.


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