February 28 is Rare Disease Day.
Feb. 28 is international Rare Disease Day coordinated by EURORDIS and organized with rare disease national alliances in 24 European countries.
On and around this day hundreds of patient organizations from more than 60 countries worldwide are planning awareness-raising activities converging around
the slogan “Rare Disorders without Borders.”
LifeScience Moment: Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle was published.
On Feb. 27, 1906, Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle was published. The book gave graphic
descriptions of the deplorable conditions in the meat-packing industry and was a leading force behind both
a meat inspection law and a comprehensive food and drug law.
Since 1879, nearly 100 bills had been introduced in Congress to regulate food and drugs, and
on June, 30 1906, President Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drugs Act, known simply as the Wiley Act.
Harvey Wiley was Chief Chemist of the Bureau of Chemistry in the Department of Agriculture and
was a driving force behind the law and headed its enforcement in the early years, providing basic
elements of protection that consumers had never known before that time.
Life Science Evolution...
It's a Small World
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
Mark Twain, American writer