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(Fwd) Re: <Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Vol X>

Ed Rybicki ED at molbiol.uct.ac.za
Fri Mar 31 08:53:53 EST 1995


A still-unnamed USDA spokesperson said today that public anxiety over
"death tomatoes" infected with tomato spotted wilt virus - related to 
the deadly hantaviruses - was premature: scientists working in Canada 
had already found what could be a simple cure.  Italian salads!
Apparently a magic ingredient in salad oil breaks up the outer
"jacket" of the virus, rendering it harmless to plants, and
presumably to humans.  He denied that the same strategy would work
with the HIV AIDS virus, which has a similar structure: "Tomatoes
don't catch HIV, people do" he said "And you don't eat people with
salad".  The USDA was also investigating the possibility that certain 
varieties of tomatoes - in particular the "Romano" - MAY have developed 
a garlic-induced resistance to the virus.

- H.Y. Steria

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