Date: Fri, 11 Nov 1994 22:05:34 -0500

From: Abigail Sarah Margulies asm16[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]COLUMBIA.EDU

Subject: Eighty-six

On Wed, 2 Nov 1994, Edward Callary wrote:

Thanks to all who have written in response to my request

for information on the origin of the name of RU486. They

iterate the two stories which I have heard: first that

RU stand for the lab which developed the drug: Roussel

Uclaf of France; second that RU-486 is wordplay on they

spelling: Are You For 86; 86 for killing, stopping,

halting, aborting.

I've been trying to track down the derivation of "86." Does anyone know

where it comes from?