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December 7, 1956
French Engaged In Cancer Research
Could it be that we have a cele
brity amongst us here at Salem?
Dr. B. Carson French, professor of
chemistry in the Salem Science De
partment, is the candidate. Since
the spring of 1952, he has been
hard at work on a project which
he hopes will contribute to the con
trol of cancer. His research in this
field is being accomplished under
a recent $3,000 Frederick Gardner
Cottrell grant from the Research
Corporation of New York.
Dr. French’s interest in develop
ing a possible control for certain
types of cancer came about when
he began work on his Ph. D. He
began experiments with riboflavin,
or vitamin B-2, which works with
enzymes in the body to promote
cell growth. The agents which
produce cell growth are known as
Stop Abnormal Cell Growth
Since cancer is essentially abnor
mal cell growth (the rapid and
often fatal multiplication of cells).
Dr. French is trying to develop an
antimetabolite, a substance which
will stop or even reverse this ab
normal cell growth.
The object involved in producing
the antimetabolite is the substitut
ing of a flourine atom for a hydro-
g;en atom in the riboflavin com-
jiound. This isn’t as easy as it
sounds. Actually, it was four years,
from 1951 to late fall of 1955, be
fore Dr. French discovered an ef
fective method of substituting
flourine for hydrogen.
Intricate Steps Necessary
Fifteen or twenty intricate steps
are necessary in producing these
compounds. They must then be
purified and analyzed by weight,
melting point, and other methods.
By March 15, 1956, Dr. French had
five compounds, more than enoiggh
to win his Ph. D. from the Uni
versity of North Carolina. ■
Dr. French hopes to have a
number of new compounds by
Christmas of this year. The next
step is testing them on animals,
which will be done by a large
pharmaceutical company. Until this
testing process is completed. Dr.
French will not know if the com
pounds will work; however, an en
couraging factor is that there has
been successful treatment of other
diseases with drugs based on the
Seven Nights A Week
bias Dr, French been at any time
discoura.ged or disappointed in the
course of his research ? According
to the man himself, the only dis
appointment he experienced was in
iiscovering that the process of de
velopment was long and slow, re
quiring many hours of diligent and
concentrated labor. Last year he
worked seven nights a week till
one and two o’clock a.m.—much to
the distress of Mrs. French! But
with twenty-four semester hours
of teaching, and with no assistence,
these additional hours were neces
sary for the advance of his ex
This year Dr,^ French has an
able research assistant in Mrs.
Mollie Johnson. She is a Phi Beta
like next to
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Kappa with a B. S. degree from
the University of Kentucky, and
has done research work at Tulane
A member of the Salem faculty
since 1949, Dr. French received his
B. S. degree from Wesleyan Uni
versity, his masters at Yale, and
has at Harvard done research work.
At present he is North Carolina
director of the National Science
Teachers Association and treasurer
of the Central North Carolina sec
tion of the American Chemical
Dr. French is one of hundreds
of persons throughout the United
States engaged in chemotherapy as
a means of combating cancer.
Today. Opening of Antigone, Lib
rary Arena, Wake Forest, 8:00 p.m.
. water festival. Moods from the
Moon, two performances, Reynolds
Gymnasium, 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. . . .
Candle Tea, the Brothers’ House,
from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. ... at the
Carolina, Shiirk Fighters . . . Huk
at the Winston.
Saturday. I. R. S. Christmas Dance,
iff* k' -
Dr. B. Carson French and Mrs. Mollie Johnson, his research assistant, work on a project which they hope
will aid in the control of cancer.
Corrin Refectory, 9:00 till midnight
. . . Junior Breakfast at midnight.
Student Center . . . Antigone at
8:00 in Wake Forest arena . . .
Moods from the Moon water show,
Reynolds Gymnasium . . . Candle
Tea, 7:00 to 9:00.
Sunday. Collegium Musicum Salem,
all vocal, reception center. Old
Salem, 8:00 p.m. . . . Messiah,
Wake Forest Christmas vesper ser
vice, Wait Chapel, 4:00 p.m. . . .
Christmas Oratorio of Bach, or
chestra and choir directed by Clif
ford Bair, Home Moravian Church,
7:30 p.m. . . . beginning at the
Winston-Salem Drive-In, The King
and I ... at the Robin Hood, The
Lieutenant Wore Skirts and The
Shrike . . . Candle Tea, 7:00 to
Monday. Sophomore-senior volley-
i)all for the crown at 5:00 . . .
students play the faculty at 7:30
in the gym . . . Antigone, Wake
Forest arena, 8:00 ... at the Caro
lina, You Can’t Run Away From
Tuesday. Antigone. Christmas
onera, Amahl and the Night Visi
tors, by Winston-Salem Symphony
and Operetta Association, Reynolds
A.uditorium, 8 :'15 p.m.
Wednesday. Christmas Banquet,
Corrin Refectory, 6:00 p.m. . . .
Thursday. .A.t the Carolina, Seventh
Cavalry . . . Search For Bridey
Murphy at the Winston . . . Picnic
at the Bel-Air Drive-In . . . Anti
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by Mr. Peterson. Thursday. Choral
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