I know that's a standard practice, but it still gives me pause, even when it's "just" bees:
Next up are attempts to infect honeybees with the newfound virus to see if it's indeed a killer.
I've been in a weird frame of mind recently, so another paragraph in the same article sent me into odd thoughts:
Scientists previously have found blasting emptied hives with radiation apparently kills whatever infectious agent that causes the disorder. That has focused their attention on viruses, bacteria and the like, to the exclusion of other noninfectious phenomena, like cell phone interference, also proposed as culprits.Have they learned nothing -- nothing -- from all those '50s B movies?? When we're all fleeing the fifty-foot radioactive murderous mutant bees with a grudge, those scientists better not come crying to me, that's all I'm saying. (And when my cell phone turns out to be my salvation, my warding talisman against the bee attack, I can't promise I won't then lead the bees in rebellion! Come, my beauties, we can rule the world! Mwahahahaha!!)