New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Researchers find the cure is nothing to sneeze at
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not a cure for the common cold, but it could be the biggest step yet in that direction, as well as a ray of hope to finding cures for other more deadly diseases, resear-fhers say.
Scientists said Wednesday they had mapped the threedimensional makeup of a microscopic cold-causing virus — the first time any human virus has been completely detailed — including tiny points of vulnerability where future vaccines or other drugs might be aimed. The composite image was produced from data fed into a ‘‘supercomputer.”
Since viral agents are to blame for many human ailments, including the deadly as well as the annoying, the new findings could be significant in fights against diseases ranging from stuffy noses to multiple sclerosis to leukemia and even perhaps the mysterious AIDS virus, said the lead researcher, Purdue University Professor Michael Rossmann.
He told a roomful of reporters that many viruses can cause colds, meaning there may never be a one-shot, sneeze and sniffles-preventing vaccine.
However, he said that in light of his group's findings, “it may be
possible to find a cure for the cold that may not be along the lines of a classic vaccine” — a drug, for example, that, instead of attacking the virus itself, would lure it away from areas where it might otherwise attach to healthy cells.
Seeing the detailed makeup of cold viruses — down to three hundred-millionths of a centimeter — makes chances of developing effective anti-viral drugs “much more possible, absolutely,” he said.
Still, Rossmann emphasized that it would be up to others to develop drug-counter applications for his findings, which resulted from experiments done in collaboration with a Wisconsin group headed by Roland Rueckert and which depended heavily on high-technology machinery at Purdue and Cornell universities.
As for its broader significance, the work adds up to “a good basic piece of information,” William Allen, a virology program officer with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview following the news conference.
Allen said Rossmann and Dr. Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute were setting up another experiment aimed at similar three-dimensional charting of leukemia-linked viruses.
Lawmaker predicts farm credit hardships
ABILENE (AP) - A state legislator says midwest agriculture credit problems are costing Texas farmers money through high interest rates that may ultimately spell the demise of the state farm credit system.
“What’s happening right now is that the farm credit system in Texas is overcharging its customers, taking the additional money and putting it into reserve to pump into the farm system in the Midwest,” Rep. Steve Carriker, D-Roby said on Wednesday.
“The net effect is that ifs costing Texas farmers a lot of money,” he said.
Carriker participated in the first meeting Wednesday in Austin of a group assembled by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower to study Texas farm credit problems.
Carriker, a farmer, is the only state legislator in the group.
Texas Congressman Kika de la Garza, D-Mission, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said earlier that the federal government may have to loan the federal Farm Credit Administration money to keep it afloat.
I .ast week, credit administration officials said economic conditions in U.S. agriculture have slumped so badly that the $74 billion farm-credit system, the nation’s largest farm lender, can no longer absorb its losses and will seek outside helD.
F'arm Credit directors said the system may need a bailout within the next two years.
De la Garza said Congress would not let the credit administration go under.
"We’re not going to let that hap-
oen,” he said.
House Agriculture Committee members are to hold meetings this week to find out “what went wrong besides bad economic times for (armers,” said de la Garza.
Farm Credit Administration
In millions of dollars 200
I What it is: FC A is the largest tender to farmers and farm cooperatives through its nationwide network of 37 banks The /stem owned by its borrowers, sells bonds lo misc money and holds more than one-third of total i S farm debt
Total loans outstanding**
In billions of dollars 80,
1981 82 83 84 85*
'First six months "As of Dec 31 for 1981 84 June 30 for 1985
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Miniseries will tell billionaire's story
DALLAS < AP) Next month, an actor will play the part of a famous Texas billionaire for a television mini-series on just one of the Texan’s many famous exploits.
Although no names for the leading role have been announced, H. Ross Perot will be portrayed
in a five-hour mini-series based on the book, “On Wings of Eagles.”
Filming will begin Oct. IO, according to Perot and NBC.
The project is based on the best-selling book by Ken Follett about Perot and the late Col. Bull
Simon’s rescue of Electronic Data Systems Corp employees from an Iranian jail in 1978
The story was to be a motion picture, but will instead be a two-part television program on NBC next spring, a network spokesman said.
Man spots child
floating in pool
AUSTIN (AP) - The City Council today will honor two men who saved a child from drowning in the swimming pool of an apartment complex.
The two worked to revive Jonathan Mayberry until emergency medical personnel and Austin firefighters arrived at the northside complex on Aug. 28.
The child, almost 2, was taken to Brackenridge Hospital, where he was treated until he recovered a few days later.
Steve Zimmerman said habit led him to walk onto the balcony of his second-floor apartment the day he spotted the child floating in the bottom of the swimming pool.
“I used to work as the maintenance man. and one of my jobs was taking care of the pool,” Zimmerman said on Wednesday. “It was just force of habit.”
Officials at Austin Emergency Medical Services said Zimmerman’s habit is a major reason that the child is alive today. Zimmerman raced downstairs, pulled the child to the surface, and called in Kevin Czap, an acquaintance Zimmerman worked with at the Fairfield Village Apartment complex.
Zimmerman and Czap will receive citations from city councilmen. Zimmerman, who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene, said he did not think the child would survive.
“He was so full of water it was pathetic,” said Zimmerman. “His fingernails were turning blue, and his eyes were rolled up in his head.”
Czap, a former Coast Guardsman, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Rape incidents reported at Austin State Hospital
AUSTIN (AP) - An Austin State Hospital worker told police this week that she was raped and beaten by three men who grabbed her in the parking lot of one of the adult psychiatric units after dark last month, an Austin newspaper reported today.
The victim was so traumatized that the report was delayed and hospital workers were not warned of possible danger because the victim, through a union official, asked the hospital superintendent to keep the information confidential, the Austin American Statesman reported.
However, the hospital superintendent said efforts had been made during that time to tighten security, the report said.
The rape is one of several sexual assaults this summer on or near the grounds of the mental hospital, which does not have a security force or guards at the five entrances.
The mental health worker told police she believed the men who raped her were mental patients or former patients because she had seen them several months ago in the hospital lab, where patient blood tests are done.
She said the assault took place about 10:15 p.m. on Aug. IO nea Dudley and told him that the worker, who is a union activist, had been raped. Pearson repeated the woman’s request for confidentiality.
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