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Two professors have discovered
a marker to help locate the gene they
believe to be responsible for causing
one type of diabetes.
The discovery was made recently
by University professor emeritus of
internal medicine Dr. Stefan Fajans,
along with molecular geneticist Dr.
Graeme Bell from the University of
Chicago.
"This finding confirms.., that
genetics play a role in the develop-
ment of diabetes," Bell said in a
University of Chicago press release.
"This is the first crucial step to-
ward finding the gene responsible
for the disorder... and developing
improved therapies to treat, prevent,
or even cure this and possibly other
forms of diabetes."
A marker aids scientists by lim-
iting the number of places to look
for the defective gene which causes
the disease, Fajans said. In this case,
the marker narrows down the search

for the defective gene from three
billion possible sources to ten mil-
lion.
The discovery of the marker was
made possible through Fajans 33-
year study of a five-generation, 275-
member family with a special kind
of Type 2 diabetes. Having such a
large sample to work with is the
ideal way to look for genetic de-
fects.
Genetic markers are important
tools on the road to discovering the
gene responsible for the disease.
This marker could predict who is
genetically prone to get the disease.
For example, Fajans found this
marker in two children in the fam-
ily. However, prior conventional
tests showed no trace of the disease.
After the marker was discovered in
their genetic code, the children were
tested again for the disease - this
time the tests showed positive for

diabetes.
Despite these advances, diabetes
is not fully understood.
"Diabetes is a very complex ge-
netic disease. We don't anticipate
that the marker we found in this
family will be the same marker in
other families or in other types of
diabetes, but its the first time that
any marker for Type 2 diabetes has
been found," Fajans said. "It should
facilitate investigation into other
types of Type 2 diabetes."
Fajans said he is hopeful that fu-
ture discoveries will be made
through improved genetic research
techniques.
"This is just a beginning" Fajans
added, "as my associate Dr. Bell
says, 'Now we know where the
neighborhood is, we're looking for
the exact address."'

Speaker t
by Bonnie Bouman
and Joanna Broder
. LSA Senior Kim Stoll sat at Ca-
reer Planning and Placement
(CP&P) reviewing materials for an
interview late yesterday afternoon.
Like many other seniors she has not
had much luck finding a job.
Stoll attributed her job search
difficulties to the country's current
economic situation. She said she
feels anxious about finding a job and
has been forced to remain open-
minded about the kinds of jobs she+
will consider.
"Sometimes I do feel kind of
nervous," Stoll said, "like 'Oh my

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God, I'm going to be working flip-
ping burgers for the rest of my
life."' Stoll is not alone in her anxi-
ety; many seniors are expressing
similar fears as they begin their job,
search in a depressed economy.
Graduates hoping to avoid "the
burger scenario" can attend "Job
Search Strategies for Tough Times"
tonight by Tom Jackson at 7 p.m. in
the Rackham Amphitheater on the
fourth floor of the Rackham Build-
ing. Jackson, a career consultant spe-
cialist in human resources, is also
the author of several books includ-
ing Guerilla Tactics in the New Job
Market.

strategies during a recession

"We thought it would be timely
to bring him to campus... It's as
tough or tougher a job market than
the early 80s," said Deborah Orr
May, director at CP&P.

market since World War II," Kerin
Borland, an assistant director of
CP&P, said. "We decided to do
some special programs for people
getting their foot in the door (of the

'This is the second worst job market since
World War II'
- Kerin Borland, Asst. Dir. CP&P

with the most useful things ever,"
said Andrew Kanfer, chair of the
Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) Budget Priorities Commit-
tee. MSA, in an assembly-wide
move, voted to co-sponsor the event.
"Thousands of students will be
graduating a few weeks from now,"
said Kanfer, who hopes many attend
the talk.
Because of the economy, CP&P
will sponsor extra programs in ad-
dition to the 300 they do annually.
In the works are a panel of alumni
who found jobs in a recession, a
"triathlon" of job hunting skills on
Saturday morning, and additional

written resources for people who
walk in.
"It's been a while since (finding
a job) was this difficult, but it's not
impossible," Borland said. "It calls
upon the creativity of the job seeker
to really seek out where some of
those hidden opportunities are."
"Even in the best of times a job
search is anxiety producing," May
explained.
May hopes students will use the*
resources available, come hear some
specific strategies tonight from
Jackson, and not feel overwhelmed.
"Take advantage - that's what
we're here for," she said.

Staff at CP&P decided to bring
in Jackson to help encourage
students to remain optimistic as
well as provide helpful tips when
job-hunting in a recession.
"This is the second worst job

work force) for the first time."
When staff members heard Jack-
son would be in the area this week,
they contacted him and asked him to
speak at the University.
"It (his speech) ranks up there

GULF
Continued from page 1
mous said.
The Iraqi request was rejected,
the official said, because such a move
"would increase the capability of
their combat aircraft."
Secretary of State James Baker
has acknowledged the U.S. stance
has a "collateral effect" of hinder-
ing Baghdad from fighting the
rebels. Baker has insisted the United
States' intent was not to help top-

pie Saddam's government.
Kurdish rebel leader Jalal Tala-
bani has claimed Iraqi government
troops used helicopters and war-
planes to drop napalm and incendi-
ary bombs on the northern cities of
Karahanzeer and Shamshamal.
U.S. officials are aware the Iraqis
have been using combat helicopters
against the rebel uprisings around
the country, the official said.
Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraq's
neighbors, announced yesterday they
were restoring diplomatic relations
after a three-year rift.

FORUM
Continued from page 1
drug use. If smoking marijuana is
medicinal, then it should be pre-
scribed by a doctor."
Brater simply said she would not
turn a friend in to the police.
"I would leave the room imme-
diately because I would not want to
get a contact high," Raaflaub said.
Fourteen city council candidates
debated similar issues.

"The Greens do support that
people with more money should pay
more taxes," said Valerie Acker-
man, Independent-Green candidate in
the Second Ward.
Kirk Dodge, the Republican Sec-
ond Ward candidate, does not sup-
port a city income tax.
"It won't accomplish what it's
meant to accomplish," he said.
Libertarian Second Ward candi-
date Emily Salvette said, "Taxes are
a bad thing... This isn't a wimpy

Republican promise; I guarantee:
No New Taxes."
One question asked how the can-
didates feel about victimless crimes.
"I voted to change (marijuana
use) from a felony to a misdemeanor
20 years ago," said Councilmember
Nelson Meade (D-Third Ward).
Robert Barry, Republican Third
Ward candidate, said, "The laws we
have now reflect the culture of the
community. I'm in favor of leaving
the laws the way they are now."

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rity, could not define yesterday
what the University police's role
will be at this year's Hash Bash. Due
to the auspices under which the new
University police were deputized, if
they do secure the scene and issue ci-
tations, they will have to employ
state law and issue the $100 fine.
On the other hand, when Ann
Arbor police issue fines, they will
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second and third infractions. Ann
Arbor police can also employ state
laws for large infractions.
Thom Harris, coordinator of the
Ann Arbor chapter of the National
Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML), says he
thinks that if University police do
patrol the Hash Bash, they will en-
force the marijuana laws more
strictly than Ann Arbor officers
have in the past.
"They'll be like Barney Fifes (of
the Andy Griffith Show)," Harris
said. "They're going to get a chance

to put a bullet in their pocket and
get some pot smokers."
.Harris denied rumors that the
decision to move Hash Bash from
the traditional April 1 to April 6
had something to do with city elec-
tions falling on Fool's Day.
"We're trying to get away from
the April Fool's Day mentality,"
Harris said, pointing out that the
legalization of marijuana is
NORML's main goal.
LSA sophomore Steve Snyder,
who attended last year's Hash Bash,
said he thinks with University cops,

Other candidates include Ann
Marie Coleman (D-First Ward),
who remains unopposed; Daniel
Klimaczewski (D) in the Second
Ward; Libertarian David Damroze*
and Independent Dalynn Park in the
Third Ward; incumbent Jerry Schle-
icher (R), Kurt Zimmer (D), and
Louis Hayward (L) in the Fourth
Ward; and incumbent Joe Borda (R)
versus Bob Eckstein (D) in the Fifth
Ward.
laws will be enforced more strictly
than in the past.
"The more stringent things be w
come, though," Snyder added, "the
more I'll be willing to get out
there, and the larger doobie I'll have
in my hand."
LSA sophomore Jeff Koch, also a
Hash Basher, agreed.
"The University police are going
to try a lot harder. They are basi-
cally tools of the administratiofi,
and I think that the administration*
is just embarrassed that Hash Bash
still goes on," Koch said.
over 200 attorneys as General Coun-
sel for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. She has also served as'
an assistant for women's affairs for
President Jimmy Carter and for
three years as a legislator in the=
Texas House of Representatives.
She has written the monthly@
"Washington Report" for Glamour
magazine.

SOAPBOX
Continued from page 1
the defeat of the Equal Rights
'Amendment to her.
She has been listed numerous
times in the World Almanac as one
of the 25 most influential women in
the United States. Schlafly has also
written 13 books, one of which, A
Choice Not an Echo, sold more than
3 million copies, making it the third
biggest selling conservative book in
history.
She graduated from Harvard and
Washington Universities and is an
attorney and mother of six.
Also an attorney, Weddington is

considered one of the brightest
minds in law today in light of her
success in the Supreme Court. At
age 26, she successfully defended
"Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade .
She currently lectures at both
the University of Texas and Texas
Woman's University in history and
government.
In 1977, Weddington directed

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