October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
There are more than 400,000 people living in the United States with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is usually caused by an error
in cell division called "nondisjunction."
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
LifeScience Moment: The Kefauver-Harris Drug Amendments were signed into law.
On Oct. 10, 1962, the Kefauver-Harris Drug Amendments were signed into law by President
The Legislation was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress on Oct. 2,
and signed eight days later. For the first time, drug manufacturers were required to prove to FDA
the effectiveness of their products before marketing them.
The new law was created in response to more than 10,000 birth defects worldwide caused by
Thalidomide, a sedative used in the late 1950s.
Life Science Evolution Posters
It's a Small World
"What drugs will not cure, the knife will; what the knife will not cure, the cautery will; what the cautery will not cure must be considered incurable. "
Hippocrates, Greek physician
(c. 460-377 BC)