May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.
This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of prevention, early detection and treatment of
skin cancer, including basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma, the most common
form of cancer in the U.S.
More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in more than 2 million people.
The CDC leads national efforts to reduce skin cancer through education. When in the sun,
seek shade, cover up, get a hat, wear sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
LifeScience Moment: The world's first cloned horse was born.
The world's first cloned horse named Prometea was born May 28, 2003 at the Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in Cremona, Italy.
Prometea was the successful outcome of 328 attempts to construct and implant a viable embryo.
To create Prometea, scientists took a skin cell from an adult mare which was fused with an empty equine egg. The mare then acted as a surrogate
mother for Prometea - so giving birth to a carbon copy of herself.
Thoroughbred horseracing is strictly controlled and the regulatory associations do not permit artificial insemination or any kind of
fertility treatment. The cloning technique could have a particular role in perpetuating the sporting success of male show and jump horses
that have been castrated. Geldings, which have their testicles removed at an early age, have no ability to reproduce normally.
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"Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt."
Richard Feynman, Physicist