THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1952
Alcoholic Rodents Take
After Drunken Parents
By JOYCE FICKIES
Mice with inebriated ancestors
could probably drink their par-
ents under the table, a recent re-
port of a college researcher has in-
Their taste for alcohol may not
only be habit forming, but inher-
ited to boot.
CONDUCTOR of the experiment
Prof. Leonora Mirone of the ti-
versity of Georgia nutrition de-
partment, started her project by
raising two groups of mice, one
on an alcoholic brew, the other
When later given a free choice
of beverage, those raised on
alcohol drank "substantially
more" than those who had been
kept on the wagon.
Prof. Mirone then divided the
tipsy rodents into two groups,
again. raising half on water and
half on alcohol.
THE ALCOHOL-FED mice even
outdrank their parents, while
their more sober brethren drank
less than they did, but consumed
more than had the original water-
fed mice from water-fed parents.
A University professor yester-
day said that, while young mice
may inherit alcoholic tendencies
from their parents, this doesn't
apply at all to humans.
Prof. Leonard E. Himler of the
School of Public Health explained
that inheritance of alcoholism in
rodents is plausible because of
"vulnerable nerve plasm" occa-
sioned by their short reproductive
* * * '
HE EMPHASIZED that the
cause of chronic drinking prob-
lems in humans "certainly isn't
heredity, but a multiplicity of (en-
"As far as I know this is the
first time anything like that has
been carried on with animals,"
the professor stated.
The only local experiment he
could recall involving humans was
a test of the mental efficiency of
students before and after drink-
ing alcoholic beverages, conduct-
ed several years ago on campus.
Their mental efficiency dimin-
ished up to 15 per cent, he said,
although the subjects felt even
sharper and more alert than usual.
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Of 1214 issues traded yester-
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and 314 remained unchanged.
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The following items will be on
the agenda when the Student
Legislature meets at 7:30 p.m.
today in the Strauss dining room
of East Quad:
Lecture Committee meeting
Consideration of the Big Ten
Student Government Association
Election rule change motions
Announcement of committee
chairmen and committees
All interested students and
faculty members are invited by
SL members to attend the meet-
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Entitled "Great Books - of the
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* * *
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Many of the works included in
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