Science: Bugaboo

Behind man's efforts to exterminate the world's insect population lies the uneasy suspicion that the insect world may some day take over his own. As Illinois Entomologist George Decker put it last week: man "is a late arrival who has attempted to displace a well-adjusted and highly versatile original population, which bars no holds to recover its lost property." In Los Angeles, Decker and his fellow bug specialists were gathered at the first annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, to exchange intelligence reports on the warfare between insect and man. By & large, their findings held little comfort for...

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