Combatting Disease: The Advance of Designer Viruses in Agriculture

Remember the story about the Greek who flew too close to the sun? How about the ecological disasters that Australians brought on themselves time after time? When men think they can outsmart nature, run for the doors as fast as you can and shut them down. They nearly always fail. Pesticides create new “pests!” Scientists believe designer viruses created in the laboratory can help the agricultural industry deal with pathogens and extreme weather. A vast experiment is currently being planned. But can the viruses be controlled?