Thomas Jukes' article "The Nonsense About Frostban" (The Scientist, May 18, 1987, p. 13) brings to mind many of the arguments that were used to promote pesticides and nuclear power. Indeed, it would not surprise me if Jukes was a supporter of those technologies.

I would like to ask a few questions, and ask Jukes to reply. 1) Can one be anti-technology and not anti-science? 2) If Frostban is perfectly safe, why the test? 3)Why is the guy in the picture wearing the funny suit? Frostban is perfectly safe, isn't it? 4) If Frostban is nothing new, then it can't be patented, can it? 5) Since cholera and smallpox organisms are nothing new, then surely no one should be worried if they are turned loose in the environment, should they? 6) Finally, is Jukes working for the garment industry? I would like to trade my loincloth for a leisure...

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