A Clever New Strategy for Treating Cancer, Thanks to Darwin – WIRED

In October 1854, a government entomologist was inspecting some farmland outside the town of Ottawa, in northern Illinois, when he came upon a disturbing scene in a cabbage patch. The large outer leaves of the vegetables were “literally riddled with holes, more than half their substance being eaten away.” With each step he took around the ravaged cabbages, tiny swarms of little ash-gray moths rose from the ground and flitted away. This was, it appears, the first record in the United States of the diamond­back moth, an invasive pest that in its larval form shows a fondness for cruciferous vegetables. ...

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