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Page Six


Wednesday, May 26, 1976

DNA issue: doubts remain

(Continued from Page 1)
microbiologists approached the
Regents at t h e i r November
meetingrandrequested approval
for the reconstruction and reno-
vation of laboratories for the
THE REGENTS approved the
request, but news of their de-
cision sparked a highly emo-
tional reaction in the Univer-
sity; by the time of the Decem-
ber session, several individuals
and groups petitioned them to
wait until public discussion of
the issue could be heard. The
Regents agreed.
Early in March a two-day pub-
lic forum was held at Hill Audi-
torium, in which speakers from

both sides of the controversy
clashed in furious debate.
Proponents of the research
spoke glowingly of the possible
benefits it could bring to hu-
manity: freedom from disease,
new crops to feed the world's
hungry, and perhaps bold new
solutions to the problems of pol-
lution. Aside from such prac-
tical matters, they argued, the
research would mean new
knowledge, the breaking down
of ignorance.
THE CRITICS of DNA experi-
*mentation, for their part, paint-
ed a grim, apocalyptic picture
of a world devastated by power-
ful, unstoppable plagues; a
frightening scene straight out of

Crichton's "Andromeda Strain." to the research, the report of
But we have precautions, the Committee B was reviewed and
biologists countered. approved by several administra-
The critics replied, what if tive and faculty organizations
they're not enough? within the University, and was
Later in March Committee B presented to the Regents.
save its long-awaited verdict: Butithe Board, at the urging
recombinant DNA r esaea rc h of- citizen groups, decided to
should be allowed to proceed un- wait aonther month and listen
der certain very stringent con- to more public input before
ditions which it proceeded to making a decision. An open dis-
outline in detail. cussion session, with the Re-
gents. in attendance, was held
YET THE Committee B . re- early in May; opinions differing
port contained a lone voice of only slightly from those pre-
dissent, that of History Prof. sented at the March forum were
Shaw Livermore. Livermore op- heard.
posed the research, not because On Friday, May 21, the Re-
of any danger involved in it, gents met for their final deci-
but on strictly moral grounds. stun. A motion to table discus-
His minority opinion posed the sion of the research issue until
delicate philosophical problem June (on grounds that expert
of Humanity's responsibility in testimony against the research
tampering with the fine mech- had not been available), was
anisms of the universe. derailed, and the Board pro-
Despite additional opposition ceeded to its vote.

Six Regents voted to accept
the Committee B report; only
one refused. Recombinant DNA
research at the University of
Michigan was given the green
FAR HILLS, N. J. (A -- A
driver and a golf ball used by
President Ford has been added
to the US Golf Association mu-
seum here. Ford is the eighth
U. S. president to have some of
his golfing memorabilia on dis-
play at the USGA golf house.
Ford's former equipment
joins golf items used by Wood-
row Wilson, William H. Taft,
Warren G. Harding, Franklin
D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisen-
hower, John F. Kennedy and
Richard M. Nixon.
There is no admission fee at
the golf museum.

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Bloodshed continues in Lebanese war

By The Associated Press
Christians battled Christians
and Palestinians fought Pales-
tinians in Lebanon's bloody
civil war yesterday as Presi-
dent-elect Elias Sarkis sought
to entice the various factions
to roundtable peace talks.
There were a half dozen other
points of terror, tension and
politics involving the volatile
Middle East.
A S U I T C A S E packed
with explosives went off in the
Tel Aviv airport, killing two
persons, and United Nations
Secretary - General Kurt Wald-
heim left New York -for Da-
mascus to try and extend the
life of the U. N. peacekeeping

force on the Golan Heights.
At the United Nations in New
York, the United States rebuff-
ed an Arab attempt to have
the Security Council deplore
the establishment of Israeli
settlements in occupied Arab
territories. The 15-member
council had been expected to
approve a consensus statement
expressing "anxiety," but sour-
ces said America opposed at-
tempts by Arab delegates to
toughen a draft of the state-
Egypt had raised the issue,
accusing Israel of mistreating
Arabs in zones captured by the
Israelis in the 1967 Mideast
R A Y M O N D Edde, a mod-
erate Lebanese Christian was
shot in the leg by gunmen of
the right-wing Christian Pha-
lange party as Christian lead-
ers tried to gain a united front
against their leftist Moslem op-

Edde was in good condition
at the American University hos-
pital in Beirut and the Phalan-
gist chief, Pierre Gemayel, de-
nounced the shooting.
Earlier in Byblos, where Edde
was shot as his car passed a
Phalange roadblock, Phalan-
gists and members of Edde's
National Bloc fought a gunfight
that left 18 persons dead. Byb-
los is in a Christian enclave 20
miles north of Beirut.
It was Palestinians against
Palestinians in the southern
port of Sidon where 11 gunmen
were wounded in a shootout. It
pitted Palestinians living in
Lebanon and allied with the
Moslem leftists against Syrian-
based Palestinians of the Saiqa
group. Syrian President Tafez
Assad sent several thousand
Saiqa Palestinians into Leba-
non to try and enforce a cease-
fire and their presence is re-
sented by the Moslem-Palestin-
ian alliance.


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