Jan 17, 2010

Of Parasites, Venom, and Zombies

What happens when you genetically engineer a parasitic wasp to turn agricultural pests into zombies? Well, in the perfect scenario, you end up with a very effective and pesticide-free means of killing off crop pests. On the other hand, you could end up with a set up for a Stephen King novel.

This is in the works folks, and I wish the researchers well. When I also read that they're planning to find out if the wasp venom has medicinal benefits for humans, I got the chills.

Thanks for the link, Ida.

Photo source: Popsci.com

3 comments:

falnfenix said...

didn't they learn their lesson from the Killer Bee experiment?

Sandy said...

Wow, what a cool blog, love it.

Anonymous said...

Now thats just scary.....