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January 6, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. tobacco industry, which has fended off a barrage of wrongful death and other product liability lawsuits without losing a case, put its perfect record on the line Tuesday in this rural Mississippi town. In a case that could be the industry's stiffest liability challenge ever, a state court jury began hearing a suit filed against American Tobacco Co. by survivors of a lung cancer victim who smoked its Pall Mall brand. The cancer victim was Nathan H.
January 7, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
American Tobacco Co. continued spraying a suspected cancer-causing insecticide near cigarettes and cigarette filters for at least a year after learning that its products were being contaminated by excessive levels of the chemical, according to internal company memos disclosed in a trial here Wednesday. The memos were introduced as evidence in a wrongful death suit against the company by survivors of the late Nathan H. Horton, who died from lung cancer last January.
August 10, 1989 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
A backyard peach rotted through with larvae of the pesky Mediterranean fruit fly provided further proof Wednesday of an infestation by the crop-destroying insect in neighborhoods north of downtown Los Angeles, county and state officials said.
September 11, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
A team of scientists at the University of Stockholm said last week that they have discovered that pine needles may be a valuable tool in measuring certain pollutants, including the insecticide DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. In a study published in the journal Nature, the Swedish researchers said pollutants like DDT that tend to accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals are also concentrated in the waxy coverings of pine needles.
October 3, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Bayer said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Aventis CropScience for about $4.9 billion in cash to become the biggest maker of insecticides and help replace lost income from the withdrawn cholesterol treatment Baycol. The purchase from Aventis and Schering will yield annual savings of about 500 million euros with an elimination of 4,000 jobs, Bayer Chief Executive Manfred Schneider said at a news conference. The company also will assume $1.
December 19, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports
Developers of a biological product that would enable corn to grow its own pesticide say they will seek permission from federal authorities to test the product in four states. The bioinsecticide was developed by Crop Genetics International Corp. of Hanover, Md., and is aimed at controlling the European corn borer, a pest estimated to cause more than $400 million damage to the nation's corn crop, said John Henry, the company's president and chief executive.
May 10, 2003 | From Reuters
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and a strain of malaria have developed a resistance to insecticides because of a single-letter mutation in their genetic code, scientists said. Researchers at the University of Montpellier II in France said the alteration could be the cause of 25 years of resistance to insecticides among insects that carry the disease. The mutation makes a key enzyme in the mosquitoes less sensitive to ingredients in some insecticides.
July 14, 1985 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
The recent watermelon poisoning episode in the San Joaquin Valley probably resulted from deliberate misuse of the highly toxic insecticide aldicarb and not from residues that stayed in the soil from years past, according to several industry and university researchers who buttressed the position of Union Carbide Co. and state officials.
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