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Page 6-Tuesday, October 25, 1977-The Michigan Daily

Scientists discuss PBB
effects on human health

searchers and technicians from
around the nation gathered yester-
day for what was described as the
first high-powered scientific confer-
ence ever to focus on the environ-
mentalvand health effects of PBB.
Dr. Irving Selikoff of the Mount
Sinai Hospital in New York and
members of his team who studied the
effects of PBB contamination on
human health are among the high-
Lelikoff himself was scheduled to
summarize the known human health
consequences of Michigan's PBB
contamination, e p i s o d e, a n d
to give detailed findings of a health
comparison of Michigan and Wiscon-
sin residents.
MONTHS AGO Selikoff said there

was apparent, damage to the bodily
immune systems of members of
farm families who ingested large
amounts of PBB by eating contamin-
ated livestock.
In advance of making his formal
presentations, Selikoff said yester-
day that his study of 102 non-farm
Michigan residents showed they may
have suffered some health damage
as well by eating food directly from
contaminated farms.
The fact that non-farm residents
apparently were affected, Selikoff
said, "brings the level of concern one
step closer to Michigan's general
STUDIES of Wisconsin families re-
inforced the findings of some health
disorders among Michigan residents,
including liver, skin aid nervous sys-
tem ailments, he said.

Most Michigan residents, he
stressed, did not buy food directly
from highly contaminated farms and
are not in that category.
Dozens of scientific papers, most of
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study of 102 non-farm
Michigan residents showed
they might have suffered
some health damage as
well by eating food direct-
ly from PBB-contaminated
them highly technical, were present-
ed to the conference. They dealt with
subjects ranging as widely as the ab-
sorption rate of PBB into growing
vegetables to the health effects of
PBB on male mice.
STEVEN AUST, conference chair-
man and a Michigan State University
biochemist, said. the goal of the
conference is "to get the scientists
working on PBB together to discuss
the data."
"Hopefully, when all is over, we
~can interpret what was said for the
layman," he said. Aust described the
gathering as "the first scientific con-
ference concerning PBB."
"I think we have a conference that
is very, very wide in breadth and will
cover most of the questions that are
in issue here," he said.
MSU scientists called the confer-
ence, he said, because so many dif-
ferent researchers and departments
were working on PBB at Michigan
State alone that no one at the college
had an overall view of the research
being done.
"You can imagine what it was like
across the country," he said.

Anatomy of a Bubble
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Young favors sanctions
against South Africa

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young
said yesterday he personally favors
some form of sanctions against the
government of South Africa, which
carried out a sweeping purge of black
leaders and organizations last week.
Young spoke with reporters follow-

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ing a Security Council meeting where
black-ruled African nations called on
the council to order a mandatory
arms embargo and other sanctions
against South Africa's white-minor-
ity regime. The United States pre-
viously has vetoed such an arms
embargo proposal.
YOUNG replied "Yes" when asked
if he favored sanctions against the
Pretoria government.
He stressed that this was a person-
al opinion and added: "The Presi-
dent and secretary of state will have
to decide what sanctions are appro-
priate in these conditions."
But the black U.N. envoy, who
earlier in the day met with President
Carter in Washington, indicated the
United States would seek some
middle ground short of a binding
arms embargo. "I certainly hope we
could come up with a position we
wouldn't have to veto. . . one we
could all agree to," he said.
YOUNG added he expects. the
Carter administration to make a
sion within the next two days.
The council debate, scheduled to
run four days, was requested by the
49-nation African Group after South
Africa banned virtually all important
black organizations, closed two
black-operated newspapers and ar-
rested some 50 black leaders last
Ambassador Mahmoud Mestiri of
Tunisia opened the debate in the 15-

member council with a call for
approval of four resolutions provid-
ing tough punitive actions including
an arms embargo.
"IF THE United Nations does not
meet Pretoria's latest challenge,
then racial justice cannot be had any-
where in southern Africa," he said.
In Nairobi, Kenya, at a United
Nations Day ceremony, Kenyan For-



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eign Minister Munyua Waiyaki
called South Africa "an unpleasant
thorn" in Africa's side and said,
"The stage has been reached when
the thorn must be removed by force;
however unpleasant this might be.
He added that Kenya "is resolved
to assist thd freedom fighters ..:
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until African people gain their legiti-
mate rights in that country."
INTERNATIONAL s a n c t i o n s
against South Africa could pose a
problem for the Carter administra-
tion's southern Africa policy, part of
which has been to seek South African
help in arranging black majority rule
in neighboring Rhodesia.
One Western diplomatic source
viewed the call for a ihandatory
arms embargo astan "opening bid."
He added: "We haven't even begun
to negotiate with the Africans on
The United States, Britain and
France in 1975 vetoed a resolution
calling for a mandatory world ban on
sales of arms to South Africa:-The
United States and Britain now abide
by a voluntary arms embargo.
The three Western powers were un-
derstood to be undecided on whether
to veto such an embargo proposal at
this time.

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