and speaking of naughty mites

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Wed Jan 10 2001 - 18:49:05 MST

>Australian gene engineers accidentally created a mouse virus that kills
every one of its victims by wrecking their immune system, a discovery with
the potential for making the ultimate terrorist weapon, New Scientist reports.
>The killer bug was invented quite inadvertently, while the researchers
were trying to create a contraceptive vaccine for mice as a pest control,
the British weekly reports in next Saturday's issue.

(I read about this in the Melbourne *Age* newspaper this morning.
Unbelievably, it's not listed on their web edition, although really
important stuff like the state of Princess Margaret's health is there.)

Damien Broderick

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