Bacillus thuringiensis toxin (fwd)

Dr. David Rosen drosen
Tue Oct 3 09:45:14 EST 1995

BT plagues the silkworm industry in Japan.  Just before WWII, Japanese
scientists figured out how to use BT as an insecticide against caterpillars
plaguing other crops. 
	Fact: During WWII, Japan had a rather hideous germ warfare program.  The
following is speculation on my part.  However, I suspect that the use of BT as
a pesticide may have inspired some patriotic Japanese scientist into developing
the germ warfare program.  After all, Chinese, Russians, Americans, Jews, etc.
were just larger pests, so why not use pesticide?
	Just a pre-Halloween thought to sleep on.

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