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Transcript LOCAL COLOR has announced his ordination as chairman of Democrats for Reagan. It might be more accurate to call his new political group Democrat for Reagan, concluded one network reporter as he wrapped up his story recently. Baylor, thank God or George Burns, finally stopped its study (?) of the Rely Tampon, after Proctor and Gamble withdrew the product from the market. During the study several of the Houston women participating came down with ailments similar to the toxic shock syndrome that people around the country were reporting as a result of the use of the new, too- absorbent tampon. Dr. Paige Besch and Dr. Veasy Butrum were in charge of the study for Baylor, but did not inform their subjects (1) that they were using the dangerous tampon and (2) that certain disorders had developed in other women who had used the new, haphazardly-tested product. Besch, nonetheless, when asked why his study was running after P&G had already widely marketed the tampon and why it continued to run while reports of toxic shock were cropping up, said only, "Proctor and Gamble funded the study. They told us when to stop." Oh, well, they'll love Rely in Latin America. With scarcely a murmur of concern, recombinant DNA research has begun at the Medical Center, too, Ed Watanabe, an activist with the Mockingbird Alliance, is one of the principal investigators into what happens when you cross a blue-eyed E. coli with a red-eyed Texas Aggie. When such research began four years ago, there was a lot of protest, in places where protest occurs, about it being dangerous to possibly create new life forms (like a smart Aggie?), but now people have other things on their minds, it seems. So, scientists will be combining genetic material Portia's complaint: Senior assistant attorney Harriet Hubacker is taking her ex-boss and the City of Houston to court. (See story) from different organisms, and happily flushing the wastes down the toilet, no doubt, though they assure us "all measures have been taken . . ." Tell it to the South Texas Nuclear Plant. Yes, according to cancer specialist Pat Buffler, University of Texas Public Health School, it is asbestos in therp there water pipes for Galveston. Asbestos was touted by Jphns Manville and others as the end-all and be-all in water transport — lighter than concrete, stronger than iron and able to leap deep gulleys in a single tube. Unfortunately, the marvels of new products crumble with time, just as does the asbestos piping. A United Press report says that some 200,000 miles of old asbestos pipe in use in the U.S. is now releasing small amounts of asbestos fiber in to the drinking water. A new book on the topic, Water Fit to Drink by Carol Keough, charges the EPA with timidity in protection of drinking supplies. The EPA's answer so far is that asbestos fibers only have been proven to cause cancer when breathed — maybe drinking them only tickles yore innards. Houston scientist Dante Picciano of Biogenics Corporation spits when you mention EPA to him. Picciano was the first researcher to blow the whistle at Love Canal, when he began noticing gross chromosonal deformities from human subjects living in that toxic dump area. Picciano and other scientists were checking out an epidemic of still-births and malformations in residents of the area. He told a Medical Center audience early this them Marvin Legatorof theUT/Galveston Medical Center and Margery Shaw, UT Public Health School, Houston. Shaw said the Hooker Chemical toxic dump "is a godawful mess," and pointed out that even now, after all the publicity, the former Love Canal residents have not even received routine physical examinations and arrangements to have their health monitored periodically by scientists. Picciano revealed that President Carter just bought the whole area in October for the federal government, probably as an election ploy, and directed another study of the area by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georqia. Said Picciano: The only value of yet another cytogenic study will be its long- term academic value. Besides, you don't need such a study to know something is wrong up at Love Canal — none of the trees have any leaves. The kids play with rocks, and when they throw them against a wall, the rocks explode." He also said he saw a swimming pool, popped out of the ground and filled with a stinking black broth. Those interested in such sights are advised to walk around the abandoned and cooking dumps in the Texas City area. (The Picciano controversy is the subject of an article in the August 1980 issue of Science). Consider the story of a woman, possibly Chris Smith. Chris was in Houston in September, taking a break after her summer break as a student in the Tam- pico, Taluipas, medical school. Smith spends a little more than $6,000 a year to be classified as a student there, plus Houston-style rent, plus a lot of transportation expenses. She, and most of the American students there, do not understand Spanish and travel back and forth from Tampico to Houston to the Stanley **£*/**% *'*^m>^'9. \t*P ^^tiflk:* *4^ 1 h/-,iimJ» - -**& 5TiAu *^l fc^»^.. /] ^v|wmmmi r 4 #*" SJBSE ZT m ft U itf. ^r •/ rwF ~s ^A ^3 *')i^i INr i*a Urn *&m A \ *^^ wr K^^V lll« I J* ^L _ ..^*' Jfj m. V^te fek \m^ -| J I ¥ ^ XL m * tf 9? ,;>:" ^agy $ \W^m 5bP^^ i p$fe^ A Crisp endorsement of John Anderson - Sissy Farenthold, Mary Crisp and Ruben Sandoval (I to r) reject lesser of two evil politics in a recent press conference. (See story) The House of Coleman family at 901 W. Alabama celebrate their 10th birthday this month: Marion Coleman (standing) with Jennings. (Front row) Pat Corrigan, Lanette Whatley, and Michael Butler with Max. (Back row) Ric Rodriguez, Barbara Jones, John Schuhsler, and Bert Clapp. (See story) month, they eventually saw fetuses with three ears and extra sets of toes and fingers. Picciano had been commissioned by the EPA to see what was going on, genetically, in Love Canal, and he was shocked. When he tried to alert the EPA, he says, that Hooker Chemical Company was poisoning hundreds of people for generations after generations, the EPA insisted that more studies were necessary. Picciano went to the media, and then the EPA began trying to gain legal control of his research and at the same time discredit his work. Roy Albert of New York University, presiding over a panel convened by the EPA, agreed with them that Pic- ciano's work was unscientific. Texas scientists who knew Picciano's work better supported his findings, among Kaplan cram academy, which costs $300 a course and prepares them both for the required finals in Mexico and the qualifying exams in America. Attendance is not required at the Tampico classes, and would be a waste anyway, on most of the Americans who hate the environment and the fact that they are spending so much money to become doctors. Smith and several other doctors-to-be cut expenses a little by smuggling. Usually it is odds and ends, such as tape decks and electronic gadgets, but occasionally there is an automobile or something imaginative. This summer the rage was bull semen, purchased from the American Cattle Breeder's Association in the Midwest and transported via one of the med student's trunks, encased in a canister of steaming liquid nitrogen. Bull semen HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH