was an experimental anti-organ-rejection drug produced at the University of Minnesota. It was sold but never approved by the FDA, so people got in lots and lots of trouble. But the drug itself worked fine. My job kind of started off the whole production of ALG. I went out to the St. Paul campus where the Agricultural College was and transported the horse blood. Yup, that was the secret ingredient. I would make up saline solution to replace the blood the veterinarian students took out of the horses. I also had to sharpen the needles the veterinarian students used to take blood. I remember one telling me the vein they used was the size of a quarter. I got the job because my supervisor screwed up. She used to make up the saline and transport the blood. But one day she made saline but forgot to put any salts in it. In other words she allowed the veterinarians to put pure water into the horses bloodstream. The water rushed into the salty cells of the horse to balance out the salt distribution and basically exploded a horse from within. One dead horse was enough - they decided to hire a chemical type to do this job.

For production purposes we also had 55 gallon drums of pure naturally distilled ethanol. That's 190 proof if you are keeping score. Sure, big shot, you could go for 200 proof (pure ethyl alcohol) but that was most likely made using a boiling triaziatrop of water, ethyl alcohol, and benzene. Benzene, being a carcinogen, is bad for you. I remember late Fridays when couple of my female coworkers would mix themselves drinks while they were waiting for some process stage of the ALG to spin down in the centrifuges. I will always have the picture of these two young women, Nixie and Katie, blue surgical hair caps, blue gowns: blue booties propped up on chairs - chilling - their potent cocktails contained within Coke cans. I don't think I ever indulged, maybe I was too much of a candy ass. But then again, see "Rocket Fuel".


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