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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbridge Herald THIRD SECTION Lelhbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 1C, 1972 PAGES 31-38 Neiv Lwo-prjce system Wheat plan data awaited By VICTOIl MAKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Details of federal governments new two- price wheat plan will be made Iributions are gratefully re- I eeived. 1 Questions on detail farmers the are asking include: public later this ably about Feb. month 22, week STATELY BACKGROUND One of the proud liners of the seas, the Queen Mary, serves 05 o background in this picture of Mr. and Mrs. James Crighton and Mrs. W. Wer- ner right, of Lethbridge. The liner is now docked per- manently in her new home at Long Beach, California and is proving to be one of the top tourist attractions in the California city. The Crightons and Mrs. Werner were re- cent visitors. Scientist says man lacks the wisdom Test-tube babies warning issued after the new session of Par- liament has opened, officials said here today. Justice Minister Otto Lang, the minister responsible for the Wheat Board, announced the suqjrise decision to introduce a two-price system last month, after a long struggle to get it approved by cabinet. However details of the plan still have to he made known. For years western farmers have called for the two-price system but without success. It became a major issue in the west 25 years ago. Farmers and their organization have I been clamouring for such a sys- tem ever since. The government may have decided to go along with such a plan finally in an effort to improve the popularity of the present administration among I the farmers this being an elec- tion year. The two-price system Or alternatively will the ?Aibisdy be paid directly to farmers on a percentage of to- i tal crop basis Will the federal subsidy be I Officials said these question: i Pr'cc "our or bread, she- from The additional payment will be a subsidy to tlie producer from the federal treasury and will not boost the tho a flat SI .C5 a bushel for all milling grades of wheat or will subsidy be scaled down for the cheaper grades? Will his money tje paid intr the Wheat Board account and distributed as an extra fi- nal payment By BRIAN SULLIVAN AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) A sci- entist, has warned his col- leagues around the world to slow down their efforts to manufacture life in the labo- ratory. He says man lacks the wisdom to deal with the con- sequences of such acts, espe- cially the creation of test-tube babies. Dr. Leon R Kass, a physi- cian and biochemist at the National Academy of Sci- ences, discussed the manufac- ture of life in the laboratory as reports gather that some scientists, notably in England, are on the verge of imp! anting in a woman an embryo ferti- lized in a test tube. "To have developed to the point of introduction of such massive powers with so little deliberation over the desira- bility of their Dr. Kass said, "can hardly be regarded as evidence of wisdom." GIVES ALTERNATIVE The scientist suggested an alternative: "In the absence of such wisdom, we can be wise enough to know that we are Tiot wise enough. When we lack sufficient wisdom to do, wisdom consists in not doing. "Restraint, caution, absten- tion, delay are what this sec- maybe only- wisdom dictates with respect te baby manufacture, and with respect to various other forms of human engineering made possible by other new biomedical techniques." ies the fertilization, in the test tube, of human egg by human sperm and the subsequent lab- oratory culture of the young embryo. There have been no reports of implantation yet, after which the embryo would grow to birth. Much of the public attention has centred on reports from Dr. Robert G. Edwards of Cambridge University and his colleague, Dr. Patrick C. Stcptoe, in work supported by the Ford Foundation. An object of their work is to help women have babies de- spile a blockage of their tubes, through which a ferti- lized egg normally passes on the way to implantation, the scientists say. COULD DO DAMAGE Dr. Kass replies in an anal- ysis in the quarterly The Pub- lic Interest, that surgical re- construction of the oviduct would be preferable and that although the success rate so far is only fair it is bound to improve. But Dr. Kass puts more weight on the risk fac- tors. The manipulation in the lab- oratory of the embryo, he said, could produce damaging effects in Hie eventual child. "Does the parent's desire tor a he asks, "entitle them to have it by methods which earn' for that child an unknown and untested risk of deformity or malformation The risks, he continued, are unknown. There have been no reports of gross deformities in ies closest to humans, in pri- mates. "The ability regularly to pro- duce'normal monkeys by this method would seem to be a minimum prerequisite for using the procedure in humans." he said. RESULTS UNKNOWN Dr. Kass suggested further that the laboratory manipula- tions could even result in the implantation of abnormal em- biyos which would have been spontaneously aborted nor- mally. The moral argument. Dr. Kass said, is that scientists must know tliere will be no defects in the child before proceeding with implantation there is no way of knowing. Dr. Kass also discussed an- other stage in the laboratory manufacture of life, a tech- nique called "cloning." in which the nucleus of an unfer- tilized egg is removed, and re- placed with a nucleus from an adult cell. The egg will then placed by copying ma- chine, printing out copies of genetically identical people. THE ANSWER IS NO "Within our Dr. Kass said, "possibly even as early as 1980, it may be tech- nically feasible to clone a human being. The same questions of ex- pcrimenling on the unborn arise with cloning as did with the test-tube Dr. Kass said, and they again consti- tute a moral argument against any first attempt to clone a man. But there ate other ques- tions that apply specifically to cloning. "Central to this Dr. Kass said, "is Bie idea of the dignity and worth of each human being. The basic ques- tion we must ask is this: Is individual dignity undermined by a lack of genetic distinc- tiveness There is also the question of debumanization. "Is there possibly some wis- Charter air services big competition TORONTO (CP) Maxwell Ward, president of Wardair Canada Ltd. of Edmonton, said here scheduled air carriers are determined to destroy charter air services because they are afraid to meet the competition that is inevitable in the international travel market. He told a meeting of the Met- r o p o 1 i t a n Toronto Board of Trade that from the standpoint of the aircraft operator, the only new operating concept dur- ing the last 26 years is group or charter travel. Ht said scheduled air carriers want to restrict this develop- ment. he questioned. "Be- cause scheduled carriers can i compete, but cannot economi- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) cally compete, with charter car- riers in the charter market." By limiting their services are being looked at and it is hoped to come up with the an- swers in the next two weeks. A question the government is asking is will the subsidy result in western farmers stepping up wheat production. Mr. Lang think not. He is confident that tha prairie producer will not start increasing wheat produc- tion. Domestic consumption o f wheat amounts to about 160 million bushels a year. This is made up of 100 million bushels j for livestock feed trial uses and 60 md indus- million bu- shcls for human consumption. fubsidj whea used aPP'-v to minister has stressed. Ontario farmers should bene- fit also. About one half of On- tario's soft wheat crop about 20 million bushels is used for human consumption. The Ontario farmers expect the two-price system to apply to their wheat. It could be distri- buted through the Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board. Meantime, Mr. Lang is con- gratulating himself on having won a battle that federal agri- culture ministers since the late Rt. Hon. James G. Gardiner have bcT'i trying to win. Mr. Gardiner tried his utmost to could mean for the wheat farmers and for the long suf- fering prairie farmer all con- human con- promote the idea of a two-price sumption. w-heat system at the time of RAISE PRICK (the British Wheat Agreement The plan will raise the price i preceding the International of No. 1 northern to S3 a bu-' Wheat Agreement. Salt Lake couple live, die together SALT LAKE CITY Oalvin and Mary Dalton died of heart attacks apparently within minutes of each other Monday, through methods such as fixed The couple was married 49 passenger travel itineraries and years. Authorities said Dalton, scheduling to lower operating 78, suffered a heart attack while in bed and his wife telephoned. An ambulance crew found Mrs. Dalton, 75, at the doorway at the home, dead of heart failure. costs, charier airlines are prov- iding air fares approximately 50-per-cent lower than sched- uled air carriers for parallel air service, he said. FINAL FUR Featuring many Outstanding VALUES! OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY THURSDAYS UNTIL 9 P.M. NEW YORK FURS 3rd AVENUE S. PHONE 327-3276 [SERVICE AND QUAUTY FOR OVER 34 be genetically identical to the dom in that mystery of nature adult source. "An unlimited number of identical D r. Kass said, "all generated as- exually from a single parent is, a he produced by nuclear tran- splantation." The genetic or hereditary material in a cell, the DNA, is often described as containing which joins the pleasiu-e of sex. Hie communication of love, and the desire for chil- dren in the very activity by which we continue the chain of human "I had earlier raised the Dr. Kass con- cluded, "of whether we have sufficient wisdom to embark upon new ways for making Scientists have already re- i mice or rabbits, but no work ported from several laborator- has been done yet on the spec- Machines lose to garbagemen all the information for deter- i babies, on an individual scale mining what the baby will be, as well as in the mass, the printing press that prints now it should b out people. In cloning, the printing press would be re- clear that I believe (lie answer must be a resounding "No." SUITS COATS JACKETS OUR COMPLETE STOCK SHIRTS CARDIGAN S AND PULLOVER SWEATERS NOW 20% 50% OFF Reduced 50% off WOOL TO REDUCED WORSTED DRESS PANTS 4-95 Reg. 14.95 to 19.95 29 to 32. Now only 20% JO TO REGULAR PRICES off Open Mondays Thurs. and Frl. Until p.m. GELFOND'S MEN'S WEAR 309 Sth STREET SOUTH O1 CALGARY (CP1 No one no-, tices if the mayor and city! council are gone for two days, hut take away a street sweeper for half a week and the com- nlainls flow in as the garbage piles up. The city's street sweepers, ot whom there are 14 downtown, j each cleaning a six-block area, j Eiivironmei.it j bearings scheduled CAUiARY (IT) The ,in- j vironment Conservation Auth- ority will hold public hearings into land use in the Canmore area, says Environment Min- ister Bill Yurko. Use of the region near the Trans-Canada highway east of Banff National Park is one of five .subjects the authority will be reviewing publicly, he said. Other areas include the rec- lamation and development of mined land in the Crowsnest Pass nron, the effect of sulphur extract ion gas plants on the environment, the effect of post- mucides and similar chemicals, and tho regulation of develop- ment in the Strathcona corri- dor near Kdmontou. "Each also represents a re- gional or sulMTgional problem that has had a long history in the province and needs resolu- tion." are known as the White Wings. To passersby they may not' look like much and occasionally they overhear comments like: I it nice that the city could find a man like that a job j if he doesn't really ac- complish much." But White Wings are profes- each collect about 12 garbage cans of oilier peo- ple's refuse each ef- forts to replace them with ma- chines have failed. The men arc behind their two-wheeled carts by a.m.. dressed in the white jacket and i coveralls supplied by the city along with rubber boots, safety j helmet and glasses and rain- coat. Their oilier equipment is inex- pensive and wire broom, a com broom, a S3.% shovel and the cart. The city tried using a vacuum cleaner to do the White Wings' job but went hack to the men because the vacuum could not get the trash wedged into cor- ners or stuck in the storm sow- el's. Al Buchlcr. technical supervi- sor of the street maintenance division, said he gct.s dozens of applications for each White Wing job. "It takes n special breed of man. He must be strong, healthy and able to meet the public. "Most of our men are older and firmly established with families. No younger man wants the would rut her think than do." Wildly versntilet Serve them any time you Jflce, any way ytm like over ice, hot 'n spiced, with mixers, in punches, or right from the bottle. Cap's Old Mountain Jack Wines two wild B.C. fruit flavours. soon. by ;