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DOW QUITS SILICONE-GEL IMPLANT BUSINESS

Dow Corning Corp., which pioneered silicone gel breast implants, said Thursday it was quitting the business for good following public outcry that the implants could cause cancer and other health problems.

Dow Corning Chairman Keith McKennon said the gel implant is not profitable and, given the adverse publicity it's gotten in recent months, the company only expects things to get worse."I believe that the future use of this product will be curtailed to a considerable extent," McKennon said at a news conference.