April 20 ~ "Farming Today This Week" concerned an item on E.coli 0157
[becoming endemic in farm animals, private water supplies - responsible for deaths - and increases in food and farm regulations.] A Google search on CIA and E.coli 0157 [connected because of allegations about Tyson Foods, CIA "Industrial Espionage" work and the UK outbreak of FMD] quickly brings up this reference to an article from Jane's Defense Weekly, May 1, 1998. It is a long article and deals with anthrax, Iraq, and many other current themes. ..extract:".....This has caused scientists to speculate how E.coli 0157:H7 originally came into existence, and how it became a toxin- generating microbe. There are some scientists who argue that the strain emerged naturally and mutated from bacteria exchanging genetic information. According to others, it could have been bio-engineered in a laboratory and spread from there. Most scientific favor rests with the first argument. In terms of research into E.coli, Croddy's view is that: "All the major European powers are tinkering about with it defensively..."