• Short Summary

    A LABORATORY NEAR WASHINGTON DC HAS TESTED THE TWO DEFOLIANTS MOST WIDELY USED IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

  • Description


    LABORATORY TECHNICIAN INJECTING MOUSE WITH DEFOLIANT; TECHNICIAN PREPARING SAMPLE; DR. CLEMENT MARKERT INTERVIEWED; AIRCRAFT SPRAYING DEFOLIANTS IN VIETNAM; DEFOLIATED COUNTRYSIDE; DOCTOR EXAMINING SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHILD (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: COMMENTATOR: " THIS LABORATORY NEAR WASHINGTON, BIONETICS, TESTED THE TWO DEFOLIANTS MOST WIDELY USED IN VIETNAM. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH WAS TOLD THAT PREGNANT MICE GIVEN ONE OF THE CHEMICALS PRODUCED LARGE NUMBERS OF DEFORMED BABIES. THE OTHER CHEMICAL CAUSED FEWER BIRTH DEFECTS. BIONETICS AND NIH ARE KEEPING THE FINDINGS SECRET, BUT SOME SCIENTISTS HAVE SEEN THE RESULTS. ONE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT AT YALE, DOCTOR CLEMENT MARKERT, WHO IS ESPECIALLY WORRIED ABOUT ONE OF THE CHEMICALS, TWO-FOUR-FIVE-T."



    MARKERT: "WHEN THE COMPOUND WAS GIVEN AT CERTAIN DOSES A VERY LARGE FRACTION OF THE RESULTING EMBRYOS IN A PREGNANT MOUSE WERE DEFECTIVE."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU SAY A VERY LARGE FRACTION. HOW MANY WERE DEFECTIVE -- MORE THAN USUAL ?"



    MARKERT: "OH A GREAT DEAL MORE THAN USUAL. AT RELATIVELY HIGH DOSES, EVERY SINGLE LITTER WOULD CONTAIN AT LEAST ONE DEFECTIVE INDIVIDUAL, AND IN MANY LITTERS ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS WOULD BE DEFECTIVE. THERE IS NOT THE SLIGHTEST REASON TO THINK THAT A HUMAN BEING WOULD REACT VERY DIFFERENTLY FROM THE WAY A RAT OR A MOUSE REACTS. IT'S VERY PROBABLE THAT IF A VIETNAMESE WOMAN WHO WAS PREGNANT CONSUMES AN ADEQUATE DOSE OF TWO-FOUR-FIVE-T THAT HER BABY WILL BE ABNORMAL, AND PROBABLY WOULD SUFFER FROM SUCH THINGS AS CLEFT PALATE OR EYE ABNORMALITIES OR DEFECTIVE KIDNEY. THOSE ARE THE COMMONEST EFFECTS OF THE TWO-FOUR-FIVE-T IN MICE AND RATS."




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    Background: A LABORATORY NEAR WASHINGTON DC HAS TESTED THE TWO DEFOLIANTS MOST WIDELY USED IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH WAS TOLD THAT PREGNANT MICE GIVEN ONE OF THE CHEMICALS PRODUCED LARGE NUMBERS OF DEFORMED OFFSPRING. A YALE BIOLOGY PROFESSOR COMMENTS ON THEIR FINDINGS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8HI30O9QNIUZZ0ATVWINGCXMP
    Media URN:
    VLVA8HI30O9QNIUZZ0ATVWINGCXMP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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