Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 2, 1993 · Page 15
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rut Utv/^r, CAlLi JOURNAL- SUNDAY, MAY 2, 1993 — B-3 NOKOMIS STUDENTS HONORED Students honored for the month of March from Nokom Is Elementary School are, front row, Melissa Daugherty, and, back row, Jeremy Peters and Nadlne Chrlstensen. Not pictured Is Julio Chavarrlas. Scientists turn spotlight on gene that causes skin cancer By DANIEL Q. HANEY The Associated Pr«M SAN DIEGO — Scientists are zeroing in on the gene that causes melanoma, the deadly form of skin cancer. Several teams are working to find the gene, and one of the researchers said he expects it will be located within a year or two. Unlike basal and squamous cell skin cancers, which are highly curable, melanoma is often quickly fatal unless caught early. This year, the American Cancer Society predicts that 6,800 Americans will die from melanoma. "The rate of melanoma is increasing faster than any other cancer in the United States," said Dr. Darrell Rigel of New York University. "At the current rate, approximately one in five Americans will develop melanoma during their lifetime." Melanoma runs in families; this suggests that an inherited genetic susceptibility plays some role in the cancer. In recent years, researchers have been looking for a melanoma gene in families afflicted with the disease. Among them is Dr. Laurence Meyer of the University of Utah. At a recent cancer society conference, he said scientists believe they have narrowed the search to a small stretch of one human chromosome. Meyer said his group has narrowed the location of the gene to a stretch of DNA that contains 2 million bits of genetic information. He called this "a major step toward isolation of the melanoma risk gene." Finding the gene would have two major advantages: It would allow scientists to develop a blood test for the cancer gene, so people at high risk of melanoma could be identified and checked frequently for the cancer. And it would provide underlying clues about the cause of the disease, allowing researchers to search for new therapies to treat or prevent it Meyer's group has been tracking the gene's location among 82 melanoma victims who are members of 11 families. He said several lines of evidence suggest the genetic spot they are looking at truly contains a melanoma gene: • A 34-year-old woman whose genetic material was scrambled in this area had several melanomas. • Sometimes parts of this genetic region are missing in people who have melanoma or moles that are also associated with the disease. • Animal studies suggest a tumor- suppressor gene is located in this area. Melanoma is most common in people who have light complexions, who tan poorly and who have large numbers of irregularly shaped moles known as dysplastic nevi. Doctors warn that such people should be especially careful to avoid overdoing sun exposure. Coast retirement community growing "The Woods" retirement living center near Little River has been transferred to the Northern California Presbyterian Homes, a nonprofit organization. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tay of Mendocino gave the 37-acre mamifac- turered home center to NCPH on Dec. 31, 1992, so that a senior retirement community, complete with assisted living unit, could be developed. Formal possession, however, didn't occur until this past week. The Woods has 56 homes and could eventually have 120 homes on developed land surrounded by forested area. The Woods is bor- dered by Vann Damme State Park near the Little River Airport The Tay's owned and operated The Woods for 20 years before becoming involved with the Mendocino Presbyterian Church Senior Housing Committee which began studying the development of a retirement complex in 1985. In 1992, the church decided to create a partnership with NCPH for a senior housing project The Tay's who are members of the church, came forward to give the facility to NCPH. The property currently includes a lodge, administration building and covered swimming pool and spa. THOMAS S. BRIGHAM, Attorney-At-Law 387 N. State St., Suite 100 Ukiah, CA 95482 Dear Tom, Thank you for your fair, strong representation, and for being honest, fair, and supportive. Mrs. G. Edward Hall Elk, CA 95432 Products for Today that Work in the Future By using our compost, you will turn ordinary dirt into biologically rich soil, improve drainage, and open channels for aeration. 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If you find a rate that's better than what offered by any commercial or savings bank in the we're offering, just let us know about it. Once state. And we'll beat it by enough to give you the we verify the specifics of that other loan, we'll least expensive loan you can find. All you do is the shopping. We do ask you to have, or open, a U.S. Bank AN UNBEATABLE OFFER ON CONSUMER INSTALMENT LOANS. • For a limited time, we'll beat any fixed consumer instalment loan rate currently published by any commercial or savings bank located in the state, excluding credit union loan rates. • What is included: rates on auto and home equity loans, as well as on loans for home improvement, boats, RVs, or to refinance a consumer loan from any other financial institution. • In fact, this offer applies to almost every kind of fixed-rate consumer loan, except new home purchase loans (home mortgages) or refinances of existing home purchase loans. cheerfully beat it. HOW LOW CAN WE GO? Basically, we'll beat the published loan rate checking account, and have monthly loan payments you bring us by .10%, and match any other loan automatically deducted. But as requirements go, that fees that are part of that same offer, one is easy. It also happens to be pretty convenient. Even the restrictions are reasonable. First, the ANY LOAN THEY CAN MAKE. WE offer is for new loans only. And second, it can't CAN MAKE BETTER. be used in combination with other U.S. Bank Every week, we'll monitor loan rates at all major coupons or reduced offers currently in effect. commercial and savings banks. We'll then set com- So how do you get started? 'Just stop by any branch petitive rates for every consumer loan we offer, of U.S. Bank. Or call our U.S. LOAN LINE, 5M toll- from auto loans to home equity. free, at 1-800-654-1400. If you'll do a litde shopping, BANK. So you can get a very good deal, we'll give you an unbeatable even without shopping. But to make rate. It's the least we can do. RAISE YOUR EXPECTATIONS?" U NBEATABLE LOAN RATES. And here', , few word, from ,h. legal department. Thi, i, alimucd time offer .ubject to credit agprova.. May be w.thdrawn a, any time. Offer exclude, our computer,' ,pccia, promotional rate, not offered to the general public. O1993 U.S. Bank of California. Member FDIC. ^

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