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It’s 2019, and a pair of scientists at Harvard University are studying DNA in their laboratory. But while such investigations are nothing out of the ordinary at the Ivy League institution, on this occasion the researchers uncover something truly special. Yes, during their work, the duo make a pivotal discovery – and it’s one that may lead to some incredible changes to medicine in the years to come.

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Perhaps, then, the specialists involved in this potential breakthrough will ultimately see their names in history books. And if they do, they’ll be following in the footsteps of Benjamin Waterhouse, who was among the faculty at Harvard Medical School in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Famously, Waterhouse pioneered the use of vaccination for smallpox in the U.S., and in doing so he arguably saved countless lives.

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