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P6ge 8-Tuesday, March 28, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Expert links products to cancer

Hair spray cans, hair dyes and even sunshine have
been found to be possible carcinogens, according to
national cancer expert Bruce Ames.
Ames, biochemistry professor at University of
California, Berkeley, spoke on "Environmental
Chemicals Causing Cancer and Mutations" to a stan-
ding room only crowd yesterday afternoon at the
Modern Languages Bldg.
AMES' LECTURE was part of the Donald John-
son lecture series which is sponsored by the Univer-
sity of Michigan Cancer Research Institute Commit-
tee'to honor publisher Johnson's continuing support
of cancer research.
Ames said there are a variety of carcinogins in the

environment which might be causing cancer by
damaging DNA. The widely used chemical vinyl
chloride for example, has been shown to be a car-
cinogenic in animals and humans. The plastics in-
dustry uses this chemical to make many products,
such as hair spray cans.
Ingestion of other harmful chemicals causes
mutations in DNA sequences of the cells, causing bir-
th defects. It also impairs cell DNA repairing
systems according to Ames. "If something happens
and it's not repaired right, cancer occurs," he said.
WITH A SLIDE presentation of detailed charts
and graphs, Ames explained how carcinogens get in-
to the human system how he and his research staff
tested for the information. He then discussed various
forms of cancer. "Skin cancer is a common disease

among fair-skinned people from getting too much
sunshine," he said.
Ames gave examples of familiar mutagens
(mutation causing agents' such as mustard gas, coal
tar and cigarette smoke. "And we know bladder can-
cer is much higher in cigarette smokers than non-
smokers," he said.
Hair dye is another popular mutagen. "Forty per
cent of our country's women are dying their hair,"
Ames said. Peroxide dyes appear to be the worst of-
fenders. In addition, pesticides and gasoline ad-
ditives, to which humans have a lot of exposure, can
be damaging.
Ames said some mutagens enter the body not
through industrial polution but rather through the
food we eat. Fat in the diet has been linked to colon
and breast cancer, he said.

All speakers of English as a second language* are invited to
take part in an experimental test of English Language pro-
ficiency to be given in ROOM 1025 ANGELL HALL at 7:00
P.M. on the 30th of March. You will receive $5.00 for ap-
proximately 1/2 hours of your time. In addition, test results
will be made available to participants. If interested you must
call and register at the following number: 764-2413.
courses are eligible for the test.

Urban policy creates
jobs, investment bank
(ContinuedfromPagel) AN ESTIMATED $85 billion in
many that did work had their benefits federal funds already goes to state and
cancelled out by other federal and state local governments.
activities," he said. "This is a program for large cities
The Carter proposals involve prac- and small cities; for distressed cities
tically every Cabinet department, in- and for cities out to avoid distress,"
cluding the Pentagon, as well as four said HUD Secretary Patricia Harris.
agencies. The president proposed 160 Administration officials say the
changes in 40 federal programs. policy should reverse years of neglect
Carter's $8.3 billion proposal for, in which federal policies have often
fiscal 1979 would authorize new spen- inadvertently subsidized urban sprawl
ding of $2.7 billion. In addition, it would and stunted central city growth.
provide $1.7 billion in interest subsidies One feature of the Carter plan-a
to stimulate business activity over 30 requirement that agencies prepare an
years, $1.7 billion in tax reductions to, urban impact analysis of all proposed
stimulate business and job develop- programs-was described by Secretary
merit and $2.2 billion in loan.guaran- Harris as "the most important decision
tees. adonted by the nresident."


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Control tower workers at Tokyo's new airport wait for resc.urers on the tower's
roof after demonstrators protesting the airport's construction took over the 16-
story building Sunday.
Japanese protesters
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NARITA, Japan (AP) - Protesters
who fought police for three days to
block the opening of Japan's new
billion-dollar Narita airport have won
another battle in their 11-year-old war.
Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda held
an urgent meeting with his cabinet
today and it was announced later that
the formal opening, scheduled for
Thursday, had been caicelled. Regular
commercial.flights were to start Mon-
day, April 3.
A spokesman said the action was
taken because control-tower equipment
was damaged by protesters Sunday and
there was the threat of more violent
No new date was set for the opening
of the airport 41 miles northeast of
Tokyo. Japan's Kyodo news service
quoted official sources as saying it
would be sometime in May.
Transport Minister Kenji Fukunaga
had said the damage to the control
tower , could affect operations and
Airport 'foes include environmen-
talists, farmers who were forced to sell
their land, and leftists who claimed it
might be used for military purposes.
They have vowed to fight until the air-
port is abandoned.
Early Tuesday, police ripped down a
65-foot steel tower that had been built
by protesters to obstruct theflight path
at the end of a runway.

The tower was atop a four-story con-
crete 'blockhouse held by airport op-
ponents. Police, protected by high-
pressure hoses, first used a crane to at-
tack the blockhouse and then tore down
the tower.
Police had tried to capture the
blockhouse, which was built by
protesters on private property near the
runway, Saturday night but they were
driven back by a hail of rocks and steel
barbs fired from slngshots.
The opening of the new airport has
been delayed six years by rioting. Since
the airport was planned 11 years ago
five people have been killed, 1,800
arrested and more than 8,000 injured in
56 major incidents.
While the farmers and radicals staff
the barricades at Narita, the airport is
unpopular with others as well, in-
cluding many who will use it.
None of the planned high-speed road
and rail connections to Tokyo is
finished and estimates of driving time
over existing inadequate rbads range
from two to more than four hours. The
fastest rail time, seen as optimistic, is
predicted at 70 minutes when the line is
Haneda Airport, which will be used
mostly for domestic flights after Narita
opens, is a 15-minute trip from down-
town Tokyo by monorail.
Taxi fares from Narita may run as
high as $75.


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