April is National Cancer Control Month.
By Presidential proclamation, April is National Cancer Control Month. This year, an
estimated half a million Americans will lose their lives to cancer, and three times that
many will be diagnosed with this devastating illness.
Cancer patients are parents and grandparents, children and cherished friends;
the disease touches almost all of us and casts a shadow over families and communities
across our Nation. Yet, today, we stand at a critical moment in cancer research that
promises significant advances for patients and an accelerated pace of lifesaving discoveries.
During National Cancer Control Month, we remember those we have lost, support Americans
fighting this disease, and recommit to progress toward effective cancer control.
LifeScience Moment: University of California, Berkeley plant pathologist planted potato tubers treated with the ice-minus bacterium.
On April 29, 1987, University of California, Berkeley plant pathologist Steven Lindow field-tested genetically altered Pseudomonas syringae
(known as “ice minus” bacteria) as a frost-preventive on potatoes in the Tulelake, California area.
Also in 1987, Advanced Genetic Sciences, a pioneering agricultural biotechnology company headquartered in Oakland, California, sprayed
Frostban on an acre of strawberry plants in Brentwood, CA, marking the first release of genetically altered bacteria in the U.S.
Advanced Genetic Sciences developed Frostban as a bacterial-based treatment capable of reducing frost damage to fruit and nut crops.
On the morning of the trial, the researchers found most of the strawberry plants uprooted, the work of a an activist group. in May, vandals
uprooted about 3,000 potato plants that were part of a Frostban field trial.
The controversy surrounding these trials subsequently drove the development of federal regulatory policy.
Life Science Evolution...
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Measles Virus (Photo Credit: Cynthia Goldsmith)
"Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error."