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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Smokers genes make them prone to lung cancer NEW YORK American and cancer reiearcberi working in Tex- as hospital have discovered an experimental blood test that on the .basis of two pilot studies apparently dis- tinguifbes cigarette smokers whose genes make them prone to lung cancer from those mutant to developing the malignant tumor. The test is now limited to research the chief In- Dr. Charles R. said in a telephone interview from his office at the M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston. But Shaw said he expected that researchers at four medical centers elsewhere would begin additional studies shortly and that at lesat two drug companies hope to develop a commercial test within two years. The test involves growing lymphocyte blood cells under artificial conditions in a thus precluding immediate prospects of mak- ing it a simple office procedure. Shaw the test could be done in the laboratories of most centers. Findings from the Houston pilot studies support the thesis that susceptibility to lung cancer is inherited. the researchers must do a long-term study of a large number of smokers before coming to final conclusions. The blood test does not dis- criminate among smokers who suffer other lung diseases DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN LETHBRIDGE or heart conditions that are aggravated by-if not caoted by cigarettes. Thu's a test clearing a smoker from the risks of lung cancer could not be expected to guarantee immunity from suet other hazards. Other researchers have suggested that the test could also lead eventually to the development of similar methods to determine who has increased susceptibility to en- vironmental cancer producing chemicals other than cigarettes. Doctors have known for 1M years that soot can produce cancers of the scrotum in chimneysweeps. In recent cancer researchers have begun to suspect an increasing number of chemicals present in the en-' in addition to capable of produc- ing cancers in .humans. reasons why cancer occurs in some people upon exposure to environmental or industrial carcinogens producing and not in constitute one of the most intriguing questions in modern Dr. A. H. Conney of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. of N.J. said in an editorial in the New England Journal of tial answer to this question is beginning to emerge from studies indicating marked human individuality in the metabolism of chemical car- Conney's editorial accom- panied the report by Shaw and his husband-wife Dr. Gottfried Kellermann and Mieke who reported on the ex- perimental test and suscep- tibility to lung cancer. Shaw and the Kellermanns reported in the Nov. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that data obtained in their study of 50 patients with lung cancer that susceptibility to bronchogenic carcinoma is associated high levels of an enzyme called aryl hydrocarbon hydroxylase which can be measured in the lymphocyte cells in the blood. Ford rejection suggested by Congressman Quick drying method The Canadian Forces high altitude test chamber in Toronto is used to quick-dry water-soaked audit files damaged in recent Toronto-Dominion Centre fire. The wet files are placed inside the chamber and taken to a simulated height of feet where in the rarified air the water becomes water vapor trying to fill the relative vacuum. Examining the drying papers between simula- ted flights Maj. Jacques officer commanding the School of Operational and Aerospace James Bunton of Gor- don and Warrant Officer Douglas Copeman bio- science technician. WASHINGTON A Massachusetts congressman said today Vice-President- designate Gerald Ford should be viewed as a potential presi- dent of the United States and rejected by Congress for lack of leadership. Representative Michael Harrington testifying at hearings of the House of Representatives judiciary committee on Ford's joined others who have praised Ford for honesty and decency in a long public life. in considering the qualifications of a man who stands a greater likelihood of assuming the presidency than any other vice-president in our said and decency are not enough. Harrington said the com- plexities of world affairs and the domestic upheavals of the last decade call for selecting a leader of outstanding ability in the years ahead. matter how much we might like Gerald Ford on a personal be believe the president can nominate and we can confirm a man for the Job. of vice- president who has a stronger record with respect to ex- perience and leadership He said instead of rushing to confirm should conduct hearings throughout the country to determine the public's views on his nomination to replace Spiro who resigned. can examine all the tal- ent presently available in take the counsel of our and choose a man with a clearly demon- stratable potential to be a good Harrington said. Larson cited as further grounds for not confirming Ford the fact that the Lawyers Guild plans to file suit soon to set aside the results of the 1972 election on grounds of campaign violations by the Nixon re- election committee. Truck firms face driver shortage CALGARY Alber- ta's trucking companies face an acute shortage of qualified delegates at the Alberta Motor Transport Association's convention concluded at a weekend meeting here. The delegates believed the labor shortage was due to the rapid expansion of the in- changing public image of trucking as a career and inadequate driver-training programs. AMTA president Al Bietz said in the past many people came to the industry from farm communities. people were trained by their fathers with a good attitude toward equipment... young people are not coming off the farm today or if they are they are not coming to our industry in the numbers they once He also noted a number of the regular truck drivers have become owner-operators causing a shortage for those companies using their own equipment. In the the industry en- forced age restrictions on drivers because those over 25 had better accident ratios in the eyes of the insurance com- he said. must accept and train 18-and 19-year-old lads to be good linehaul Wally chairman of the association's labor legisla- tion suggested a major problem is mat truck drivers often are regarded as second-class citizens despite the fact they can earn above- average wages. Bob AMTA ex- ecutive said the in- dustry should concentrate on recruiting young people who have not yet made up their minds on a career. have to attract these young people to the industry by more than just high he said. have to take a second look at our working conditions. face most truck drivers are always on call and weekends are not always free. This irregular pattern of work is not conducive either to society's patterns of leisure today or to a healthy family life Healing Substance... 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