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Scientist
responsible
for faulty
cloning
suspended
LA JOLLA, Calif. (AP) - A scientist
who mistakenly cloned the wrong virus
was temporarily suspended from his
job, and locks were changed and guards
posted at his laboratory after someone
stole a bottle of dangerous rabies vac-
cine virus, university officials said
yesterday.
The scientist, Dr. Samuel Ian Ken-
nedy, a researcher in recombinant
DNA cloning at the University of
California at San Diego, acknowledged
last week that he had accidentally
cloned a virus in violation of federal
guidelines.
HIS ONE-DAY suspension was lifted
"once the lab was secure," Chancellor
Richard Atkinson said Tuesday at a
news conference. He said a police in-
vestigation will find out whether a
student prank or "sabotage" had been
aimed at the controversial cloning labs.
"We are not discounting the
possibility" of sabotage, Atkinson said.
The 32-ounce bottle of rabies vaccine
virus, which was taken Sunday night
from the fifth-floor lab on this cliff-top
campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean,
was found unopened on a fourth-floor
stairwell.
IN A TELEPHONE call to a reporter
afterward, a man who identified him-
self only as a former student, claimed
responsibility for the theft and said: "It
was pretty stupid, I guess."
Dr. John Holland, one of two resear-
chers who shared the lab with Kennedy
and who was using the rabies vaccine in
his work, said he also got a call from the
alleged thief, "and I told him to get
immunized - I told him his life was in
danger." Holland said the virus was a
weakened laboratory strain used to
vaccinate puppies.
Although the caller described his ac-
tion as a lark, Kennedy disclosed a
series of threatening telephone calls to
his home and "possible sabotage" at
work since last October.
"SOMEWHERE between six and
eight calls have been made to my home
from an anonymous caller over the last
several months saying the work I'm
doing is dangerous and must be stop-
ped," Kennedy said.

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday August 13, 1980--Page 9

Proud Papa
Pe Pe, the male giant panda at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, paces in the zoo's panda quarters soon after his
mate, Ying Ying, gave birth to the first panda cub born naturally in captivity.
KHOMEINI MEDIA TES:
Feuding Iranians meet

From AP and UPI
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini con-
ferred separately with Iran's feuding
president and prime minister Tuesday,
offering advice on choosing gover-
nment ministers and urging a new
"atmosphere of understanding" in the
country ministers and urging a new
"atmosphere of understanding" in the
country.
But in a bleak sign for the American
hostages, an influential Moslem cleric
exhorted the Iranian faithful to press on
with their "confrontation with the
American superpower" for the sake of
the Iranian revolution:.
AT THE same time, President
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was reported to
have lashed out again at the fundamen-
talists who forced him to accept Rajai,
an Islamic hard-liner.
For the 52 American hostages, it was
day 283 in captivity.
Although Rajai's selection brought
Parliament a step closer to its long-
awaited hostage debate, the fate of the

Americans remained in the background
of a political struggle that Bani-Sadr
was still waging despite losing the fight
over the choice of a prime minister.
REPORTS FROM Tehran said Bani-
Sadr told a rally at a mosque Monday t6
beware of "the partisans of Islamic
despotism who wish to monopolize
power" - an unnamed but un-
mistakable reference to the fundamen-
talists who control Parliament and who
dictated the choice of Rajai, a former
education minister, over the objections
of Bani-Sadr, who favored a more
moderate candidate.
"For the nation to be truly governed,
it is necessary that its governors
represent all tendencies and not just

one group," Bani-Sadr was quoted as
saying.
Khomeini summoned Bani-Sadr and
Rajai to separate meetings to discuss
the appointment of a Cabinet and other
matters related to governing Iran now
that the last piece of the post-
revolutionary power structure has been
put into place with Rajai's over- -
whelming endorsement by Parliament
Monday.
Tehran Radio said Khomeini also met
separately with Parliament speaker
Hojjat Ol-Eslam Hashemi-Rafsanjani,
other government officials and with
Ayatollah Mohammed Beheshti, leader
of the fundamentalist bloc in
Parliament.

S. African violence erupts
Johannesburg Star reported.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Jansen, a building contractor, died
Riot police armed with shotguns sealed yesterday of burns suffered the night
off entrances to a black squatters' before when a mob set fire to his truck
camp last night after mobs attacked as he drove past Crossroads, police
passing vehicles for the second straight said.
'day. HEAVILY ARMED police in
Police said an unidentified black man camouflage uniforms closed off the en-
was dragged from his truck by rioters trances to the camp, which is home to
and decapitated, bringing the death toll more than 20,000 blacks, in a pouring
to three in the violence at the rain and officers said order was being
Crossroads Camp. restored.
THE TWO OTHER men killed in the The violence erupted Monday when
violence linked to a bus boycott, George police pulled several blacks from an
Beeten, 58, and Frederick Jansen, 46, unlicensed taxi. The "pirate" taxis
were white. have been transporting workers who
Beeten, who moved with his family to have joined in the two-month-old
South Africa from black-ruled Zim- boycott of buses to protest higher fares.
babwe six months ago "to live in a safe Beeten was working as a supervisor
and peaceful country" was-stoned and at a farm. His wife, Doreen, said they
hacked to death Monday night after his came here with their four children to
car was stopped and set afire, the escape racial violence in Zimbabwe.

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