Combatting Disease: The Advance of Designer Viruses in Agriculture

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?

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Author: Spiegel.de

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