Research: Thalidomide Remembered

Ever since thalidomide became a drug-industry scandal, medical researchers have made every effort to find ways and means of determining the effects of drugs on unborn children. But how to study a developing fetus in utero reacting to drugs passed through its mother's bloodstream? Last week such research was given a hopeful boost when the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development awarded a $48,500 contract to the Marquardt Corp., of Van Nuys, Calif., to probe the effects of drugs on embryonic opossums.

The opossum was chosen because it is a...

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