Foreign News: Worms' Turn

The love life of the silkworm had become a matter of grave national concern in Japan. Before the war, Japan had controlled about 85% of the world's silk market. Now she had to compete with U.S. nylon. Last week the patter of tiny feet in mating trays of Tokyo's Imperial Sericulture Experiment Station bore witness to the frantic race between Japanese entomologists and U.S. chemists.

In their eagerness to outstrip their rivals, the Japs had dreamed up some strange mésalliances. Chinese and Japanese silkworms, once bitter enemies, were being urged to kiss and make up. Two Chinese strains had produced a promising...

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