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The many types of stem cells and their potential applications in medicine will be the topic of a free spring lecture series for the public presented by the University of Utah's Genetic Science Learning Center.

Tonight, Mel Limson, Ph.D, Genetic Science Learning Center postdoctoral fellow, will talk about the science behind stem cell research, from 7-8 p.m. in the lower urban meeting room B of the downtown Salt Lake City Main Public Library.

He will repeat the lecture Wednesday, May 12, from 6-7 p.m. in the library's fourth-floor meeting room. Immediately after that presentation, Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy in the U. School of Medicine, will describe his stem cell research in flatworms to study the basic biology of stem cells for developing new medical treatments. Limson's lecture is recommended background for Alvarado's lecture.

801-585-3390; gslc.genetics.utah.edu/public.

May 8

The annual Salt Lake City Race for the Cure will be May 8 at The Gateway, 400 W. South Temple.

The event is a 5K run and one-mile walk, rain or shine, that benefits breast cancer research. Besides raising money, organizers hope the event will remind people to schedule a yearly examination by a physician and do a monthly self-examination.

Though breast cancer is much more common in women, men can also have the disease.

Last year, more than 9,000 people participated in the race. Three-fourths of the money raised in Utah will stay here to fund local programs.

801-446-2980; www.komenslc.org

May 17-23

Health clubs across the country will be open to the public free of charge during special days in May as part of "Get Active America!"

May 17-23, participating clubs will hold a "Bring a Friend for Free" campaign so that current members can bring friends and family to experience the club at no charge.

May 21-23 is "Open House," when anyone can visit and work out at the health clubs and gyms.

To find a list of participating health clubs, go online to www.GetActiveAmerica.com.