The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 2
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A2 Friday, Mav 19,1995 The Salina Journal Neither sweat nor spit could alter DNA Evidence further implicates Simpson By Th» Associated Pr«»s LOS ANGELES — Lab technicians could have touched O.J. Simpson's blood samples with sweaty hands, shed dandruff on them or even spit in them and would not have contaminated the evidence, a scientist testified Thursday. But Gary Sims of the California Department of Justice acknowledged that if two blood swatches were to touch one another, it could result in a DNA transfer that would skew test results. The testimony, elicited by prosecutor Rockne Harmon, anticipated a further defense attack on DNA results that strongly suggest Simpson's involvement in the murders The Associated Press Defence attorney Barry Scheck cross-examines criminalist Gary Sims during the Simpson trial in Los Angeles on Thursday. of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Also Thursday, Judge Lance Ito banished two news reporters from the courtroom after jurors complained their whispering was dis- tracting. Simpson has been linked to the June 12 murders in recent days by two scientists presenting ever-escalating figures of probability that some of the blood at the crime scene, in his Ford Bronco and at his estate was his, the victims' or a mixture. Harmon tried to deflate expected defense arguments by ridiculing them. Simpson's attorneys have suggested that airborne particles of DNA could contaminate the raw material used for analysis. "Can DNA fly?" Harmon asked, eliciting laughter in the packed courtroom. "I don't think so," Sims said, laughing. "I don't think it has wings." "How about if it's from a bird?" Harmon asked. "I don't think that makes any difference," Sims chuckled. Simpson's lawyers contend their client was the victim of a sophisticated police frame-up and that evidence was so mishandled and contaminated that any test results are useless. The genetic-match statistics rocketed to even more dizzying heights Thursday, as Sims combined test results from two laboratories to bolster the prosecution's case. Sims, who acknowledged that the fledgling DNA science is rapidly evolving, used genetic test results from both his lab and a private lab in Maryland to increase the odds that Simpson was the source of blood left at the crime scene and his ex-wife was the source of blood on a sock at Simpson's house. SALINA COMMUNITY THEATRE ALUMNI Invites Salina To "A Modest Kephart Revue" .0°. Scientists revive old bacteria in extinct bee By Tho Associated Press WASHINGTON — When an ancient stingless bee died after becoming trapped in tree sap, bacteria in its gut turned into a spore. Now, in an experiment reminiscent of "Jurassic Park," scientists have awakened the bacteria from a 25-million-year sleep. Not only is the prehistoric microbe alive and well, it is producing a natural antibiotic that is being studied to determine if it has any medical value, Raul J. Cano of California Polytechnic University said Thursday. Cano said the bacteria spore was found in the remains of a bee that had been entombed in amber, a hardened resin from ancient pine trees. When the bee died, he said, the bacteria appar- Response to Ebola was poor Virologist criticizes containment method By Th« Associated Press KINSHASA, Zaire — A leading virologist criticized the government's response to the Ebola epidemic, saying Thursday that roadblocks and quarantines were a waste of valuable time in the race to contain the killer virus. Instead of putting more soldiers on the highway to prevent stricken people from traveling, more doctors and equipment should be sent to the disease's epicenter, said Dr. Jean- Jacques Muyembe Ramfun, who helped identify the Ebola 19 virus years ago. "The quarantine and the roadblocks are neither necessary nor effective, and more attention should be turned to prevention," Muyembe said. Information would slow the rumors that have sent people who fear they have the disease into hiding, he said. Roadblocks, by contrast, create conditions ripe for a new outbreak. Muyembe said 3,000 people trying to reach Kinshasa from Kikwit, the -city of 600,000 where the epidemic broke out, have been camped out at the final roadblock for several days with little food or water — fertile ground for the virus. Anyone with enough money — $550, according to a car rental agency in Kinshasa — can bribe their way through the roadblocks. And people sick with Ebola were generally too disoriented and weak to travel long distances, making the quarantine largely unnecessary, Muyembe said. His .comments were transmitted by radio to Kinshasa, 250 miles west. No Ebola cases have been diagnosed in Kinshasa, the capital of about 6 million people. In Kikwit, at least 114 people have been infected and five new cases are appearing daily. So far, 79 have died. He urged the government to begin a radio and television campaign to explain how the virus is transmitted — through body fluids and the traditional washing of infected corpses — and to encourage people with symptoms to report to health authorities. the Salina Journal P.O. Box 740, Salina. KS 67402 Salina (913) 823-6363 • Kansas 800-827-6363 Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Founh, Salina, Kansas, by Salina Journal Inc. (USPS 478-060) HARRIS RAYL, Publisher ADVERTISING: Jeanny Sharp, director BUSINESS: David Martin, manager CIRCULATION: Bryan Sandmeier, manager NEWS: Scott Seirer, executive editor PRODUCTION: David Atkinson, manager Subscription rates By carrier (three months, tax included): in Salina $38; .outside Salina 539. by motor roule $42. . By mail (three months, in Kansas): daily $40, Monday through Saturday $36, Sunday $18 50 ' By mail (three months, outside of Kansas): daily $43,50. Monday through Saturday $35, Sunday $22.75. Subscriber services Call the Circulation Department between the hours ol 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily, 5:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays, or 5:30 a.m. to to a.m. on major holidays. No paper? Call belote 10 a.m. in Salina only tor delivery thai day. ently turned into a spore and remained trapped until it was uncovered in the laboratory. "Some bacteria make spores as a means of survival," Cano said. "These spores are very resistant to chemicals, heat and to pressure. They enable a bacteria to withstand long periods of dormancy." The researcher said the spores were not a form of reproduction for the bacteria, but a type of hibernation. "They were in a deep slumber, and we reawakened them," said Cano. The amber that contained the bee was age- dated at 25 million to 40 million years. Bacteria also have been found in amber that is at least 135 million years old, but Cano said this specimen has not been studied closely and its uniqueness has not been confirmed. A report on the research, by Cano and Monica K. Borucki, also of Cal Poly, is to be published today in Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The study resembles work described in the novel and movie "Jurassic Park." In that fictional plot, scientists recovered dinosaur DNA from mosquitoes that had been preserved in amber. The bee in the Cal Poly amber lived millions of years after dinosaurs died out. .Other researchers applauded Cano's work, but questioned whether the bacteria are, in fact, a modern contaminant and not from spores stored in the amber. Saturday, May 27 7:30 PM Salina Community Theatre Admission - $10 donation ALL Proceeds go to benefit Charles Kephart's retirement A retrospective look at Charles Kephart's contribution to the Salina Community Theatre for the past 35 years. o o/ Your Phone Source Information LINE Journal ".«;«;.£..:• ;/,?U>i^'/' - y . >v -. „ JUT average garden: Syariety, these shorts and '-.i.v I Jees are blooming with ; 'color and charmi Shown, 1 from the collection,,in cotton, misses sizfcs ;, S,Mior4;16:, !\ A. White jersey tee with " "~ ' * , flowerpot applitjiie, '.•;' 38.00; and "Wildflower Meadow" walk shorts , with back elastic and /. side pockets,,in , rose/multi, 42.00. 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