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

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Tuesday, December 1, 1987/The Battalion/Page 11 Coupon Fwo and ctor ront they Ion- own ntial the -he's ired sncy -he’s told tele- she She ;o to ;ard ie to bar e in aced trac- ise is mily t on dica- tap- ling, loon said. pent pon- and ions, ig in tean e fu my- or as ” he bine and Re- 11 of soft !rity, •rob- ” he nore : im- I’m its of irious 1 just nem- >r the Per- main ird. iecre- king, ut as o the -igert ever atient lyone other p the d dil- basic Take it ALL off! 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 expecting 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 years. rest (Continued from page 1) 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- ia. 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- f” 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 bodies. “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 dy.” 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 cancer. “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 said. 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 optimism. “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 research.” 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 nostitutes. “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 people. 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 surveillance. 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 summer. “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 patience. 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.” c i: —^ INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT $2.99 Mon: Burgers St French Fries Tues: Buttermilk Pancakes Wed: Burgers & French Fries Thur: Hot Dogs St French Fries Fri: Beer Battered Fish Sat: j French Toast Sun: Spaghetti & Neat Sauce ALL YOU CAIN EAT $2" 6 p.m.-6 a.m. TYo take outs • must present this ad mm —mm am mm mm mm mm Expires 12/1/87 Rooty Tooty $2 49 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, 2 sausage good Mon.-Fri. Anytime International House of Pancakes Restaurant 103 S. College Skaggs Center Students! Work Smart. Work Simply... With Hewlett-Packard! 11C $50.00 12C ...80.00 15C 80.00 18C 140.00 28C 190.00 41CV 140.00 41CX 200.00 71B 420.00 l <S?(. 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