April is National Autism Awareness Month.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three
years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the
Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s.
The U.S. recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public
about autism and issues within the autism community. Join the Autism Society in getting
involved with the autism community this April.
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 Posters
It's a Small World
"Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science."
Jules Henri Poincaré, French mathematician