The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 01, 1987, Image 9

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Ed Elmore, a management professor, throws out a
sock to his class as part of a striptease act he per
formed Monday afternoon in 165 Blocker. He
Photo by Jay Janner
stripped because he lost a bet with his class that the
University of Texas would beat Texas A&M in the
Thanksgiving Day football game.
Peanut farmers
bountiful crop
ABILENE (AP) — Peanut plant
ing got a late start after wet weather
slowed things down this summer,
but farmers bringing in the harvest
say they’re ending the season in bet
ter shape than expected.
Processing plants are running 24
hours a day to keep up with the final
harvests in Eastland, Erath and Co
manche counties, which produce
more than a third of the state’s pea
nut crop, officials say.
Farmers say the crop is better
than expected, although the quality
of the nuts is not ideal.
“Grades have improved some of
late, but on a whole have been very
disappointing this year,” said Ross
Wilson, general manager of the
Southwestern Peanut Growers. He
estimated that 35 percent of the crop
remains to be harvested.
Wet fields delayed planting this
summer, prompting worries that a
late harvest would expose crops to
early freezes. But Wilson said there
are few signs of freeze damage in
this year’s crop, despite several
freezes in the last three weeks.
“I think our farmers were alerted
to the weather developments and
did not dig their peanuts and expose
them to the freezing temperatures,”
Wilson said.
“We’ve not had the problems we
feared we’d have with late planting,”
he added. “The damage has been
minimal — but we’re subject to those
freeze problems from here on out.”
About 100,000 acres of peanuts
were planted in the three counties
this season, and Wilson said about
80,000 tons of Spanish and runner-
type peanuts will be harvested from
that acreage.
Statewide, the harvest is expected
to be about 211,000 tons.
Wilson said he expects 80,000
tons to be harvested from the three-
county area, which is slightly better
than average for the last five or six
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Geerling said the African popula-
ion is being studied because it con-
iins a high rate of cervical cancer as
'ell as a certain amount of chlamy-
Monoclonal antibodies have a part
other areas of research in the De-
artment of Pathology.
John Kochever, a professor in the
leparment for the past 2 1 /2 years,
las worked for about 10 years to de-
elop a monoclonal antibody to diag-
|ose kidney cancer.
“Ten years ago monoclonal anti-
iodies were just barely available,”
ochever said. “Nobody really knew
'hat to do with it (the technology),
low it’s sort of a routine procedu-
Monoclonal antibodies are used in
tuny diagnostic procedures, includ-
ighome pregnancy tests.
The antibodies are made by in-
ecting a laboratory animal —usually
I mouse — with an antigen, or dis-
ase-causing substance. Then the
animal’s spleen is removed and cer
tain cells are grown in tissue culture
to form clones that produce the anti
“It’s a laborious process because
you’re going through thousands of
different clones,” Kochever said.
“But once you do that you virtually
have an unlimited supply of antibo
Kochever developed monoclonal
antibodies for kidney cancer in just a
few months.
“It was just something that
needed to be done,” he said. “All the
technology was there.”
Kochever uses the antibodies to
study malignant melanoma, a form
of skin cancer, and osteosarcoma,
bone cancer, in addition to kidney
“I started out with kidney cancer
because there are some things about
that tumor that make it a good can
didate for using the antibodies,” he
Kochever said he was also inter
ested in that particular type of can
cer for humanitarian reasons.
“That particular tumor has a
really dismal prognosis,” he said.
“There’s no good treatment except
for surgery. If someone has a tumor
that’s spread beyond his kidney
there’s no chemotherapy, radiation
or anything.”
Kochever said he plans to use the
monoclonal antibody to develop bet
ter treatments for the disease.
“There have been preliminary
studies using the antibodies for the
rapy and there have been some
promising results,” he said.
But Kochever is cautious with his
“It’s not going to be a silver bul
let,” he said.
Kochever’s work has generated
interest in the medical field.
“I have a good monoclonal anti
body for the tumor that several peo
ple nave been interested in,” he said.
“I’ve gone to several places present
ing the work.”
While some companies have
shown interest in the work, Ko
chever said developing a saleable
product is not his aim in research.
“That’s not an endpoint for this
kind of research,” he said. “That’s
what makes academic research dif
ferent from working for a company.
They (companies) are always looking
at the bottom line — whether there’s
a market or not. This is more basic
2 female members
they enjoy working
of SWAT team say
to help save lives
AUSTIN (AP) — When people
isk Mary Young why she carries a
leeper, she jokingly tells them she’s
a brain surgeon. She says they are
bore likely to believe that than what
he really does.
“I’ll say, T’m a sniper for a SWAT
earn,’ and they’ll go, ‘Yeah, right,’ ”
aid Young, one of two women on
the Austin Police Department’s spe-
hal missions team, a special weapons
and tactics unit.
Even though it can be a chore to
•xplain what they do, Young and
[Isa Gilchrest say they love their
obs, which may require them to lie
■n a sniper position for hours on an
PU hill, rappel down buildings,
puba dive for stolen cars or pose as
“You never know where we’re
going to be, what we’re going to do,”
Young said.
“We’re trained as officers, and we
know that there may be a time when
we may have to take a shot at some
body who is not really a threat to
you, but is to someone else,” she sai-
d.“It takes a special mentality to be
able to look through a scope, put his
face in it, and pull the trigger.”
The 13-member special missions
team is called when hostages are be
ing held or someone is holed up with
a weapon.
The team also conducts surveil
lance and assists other police officers
on cases that require more time and
expertise, the team’s Lt. Chris
Walker said. Team members also
may help federal agencies protect
dignitaries who come to Austin.
The team is divided into two
groups — the snipers and the entry
Young, one of four snipers, said
her primary role is observation and
gathering intelligence. She also must
be prepared to shoot, although she
has not had to during her two years
on the team.
Gilchrest is part of the entry
group, whose role is to “assault” or
approach a building that is under
Team members spend three days
a month in training to refine their
skills in gathering intelligence and to
work out tactics in simulated cases.
Gilchrest remembers a partic
ularly difficult training session this
“We had to low-crawl and then
rappel this building with all our gear
on,” she said. “It was miserable.
Then we had to run and check out
this car while the others were mak
ing an entry, and there was this
mush with all this green slime, and
we fell in it.
“I said to Mary, ‘You snipers have
got it easy. Here we are over there
sweating our backs off and you are
sitting up there on that hill.’ ”
Young interjected, “Sitting on
that hill? I got 47 ant bites sitting on
that hill.”
The team has gone on 18 calls this
year in which a hostage has been
taken or someone has barricaded
himself in a building, Young said.
Every case was resolved without
shooting, she said.
time is money for veteran watch repairman
BEAUMONT (AP) — Time is money for
taith Thomas, but he never seems to have
inough of it.
In fact, he’s opened his watch repair shop late
»ore than once simply because there aren’t
nough hours in the day.
But he more than makes up for it in the many
lours he spends at Thomas Time Shop long af-
[r regular folks have gone home from work,
eeping up with the flocks of clocks customers
Iting in for repairs.
Right before the holiday season is a busy time
|br Thomas because everyone Wants their cuck-
s cuckooing and grandfather clocks chiming at
hristmas time.
Fridays are also busy because that’s when most
people get paid, and lunchtime is always hectic
from people coming in wanting batteries for
their watches.
Thomas is able to make these generalizations
because he’s been in the clock and watch repair
business eight years.
And if there’s one thing needed in a business
where one misplaced sneeze could hopelessly
scatter the guts to Granny’s heirloom watch, it’s
A piece of salt would look like a boulder up
next to some of the watch pieces Thomas works
with, peering through a jeweler’s loop at the min
uscule motors to machines that remind people
they’re running late.
He sits in a low chair that puts him almost eye-
level with the table he works at in the back of the
shop. He rests his forearms on the table, letting
his wrists do most of the work.
He learned his tedious trade at a clock-making
school in Quincy, Ill., spending six hours a day
for 14 months before he was certified in horo
logy, or the study of time.
The first week, Thomas said, was designed to
weed out the would-be clockmakers who don’t
have the necessary patience. “We worked with
one little nail, shaving it down to make a tiny in
strument,” he says. “A lot of people just aren’t
patient enough to do it.”
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