Science: Indigestible Wool

The British, whose Lord Chancellor sits on a woolsack and whose woollens clothe some of the world's better-tailored figures, have been doing some basic thinking about clothes moths. Last week Textile Expert R. W. Moncrieff told how clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella) got their depraved craving for wool, and how modern chemists are persuading them to let the stuff alone.

In their wild state, says Moncrieff in the current issue of Discovery, moths did not eat wool. Their larvae ate dead animals on which the females deposited their small white eggs. But as soon as...

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