ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1972
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(Studio) Researchers at DC's Howard University report astounding increase in cancer mortality among nation's. black population in recent years Govt. launches program to find cause and cure of sickle cell anemia, disease confined to blacks. President signs bill providing $115 million for attack on disease in next 3 years
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(NYC) 50,000 blacks in American suffer from sickle cell anemia, inherited blood disease that starves oxygen out of red blood cells. 2 1/2 million more carry genetic trait. Characteristics of disease cited. Disease started in Africa as defense mechanism against malaria. At Rockefeller U. scientists work on cure.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
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