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Page 2-Friday, August 15, 198O-LfAthMichigan Daily
Reproduction
study group ends
conference here

By JOYCE FRIEDEN
Everything from marijuana to sexual
arousal in rats was under discussion
this week at an unlikely
location-Stockwell Hall-as the
Society for the Study of Reproduction
held its 13th annual meeting here.
About 700 of the society's 1,500 mem-
bers came to the conference held
Tuesday through yesterday. "It was the
largest turnout ever," said Howard
Brinkley, professor of Zoology at the
University of Maryland and a con-
ference participant.
BRINKLEY ADDED that although
the society's members are mostly from
North America, there are a few mem-
bers from other parts of the world as
well.
He explained the society was formed
to unite researchers studying different
aspects of reproduction and inform
them of work being done by their
colleagues.
"Reproductive biology " involves
people who have divergent backgroun-
ds," said Brinkley. "There are
physiologists as well as endocrinologists
here, Normally, some of these people
would attend endocrinology meetings,
while others would go to dairy science
conventions. SSR brings this diverse

groupall together."
ONE RESEARCHER WHO traveled
a long way to attend the meeting was
Susan Dalterio, an assistant professor
of pharmacology and obstetrics and
gynecology at the University of Texas
Health Science Center.
Dalterio recently completed a four-
year study on the effects of THC (the
active ingredient in marijuana) when
administered to female mice. "We (the
researchers) discovered that THC
decreased the level of sexual behavior
in mice, just as it has been proven to do
in human male users," she explained.
"Then we decided to findout how THC
affects the testosterone (male hor-
mone) level in female mice pregnant
with male mice, because that is the one
time when it's essential to have enough
of (testosterone)."
Dalterio said that the resulting male
mice had lower-than-normal levels of
sexual behavior. "We think it indicates
that pregnant women shouldn't use
marijuana," she asserted.
Brinkley said that although both
students and professors were at the
meeting, all of the scientitts found it
easy to forget their "status." "The con-
ference is a nice time for people to get
together, relax, and talk science," he
said.

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Happenings
FILMS
AAFC-The Good, the Bad, and the Ligly, 7, 9:45 p.m., MLB 3.
Cinema II-Double Indemnity, 7:30 p.m.; The Postman Always Rings
Twice, 9:30 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
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Ann Arbor Public Library-Great Expectations, 7:30 p.m., Main
Library meeting room, Fifth Ave. at William St.
PERFORMANCES
School of Music Opera Theater-"Die Fledermaus," 8 p.m., Power
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School of Metaphysics-rap session, "Universal Laws and Their Uses,"
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