When, in Jan 1942, an entomological laboratory was opened in Germany’s Dachau concentration camp, the purported reason was to study lice and fleas that were ticking off soldiers.
Apparently the institute also zeroed in on the feasibility of using mosquitoes in biological warfare to attack enemy soldiers with diseases such as malaria, according to Tübingen University’s Dr Klaus Reinhardt. Tests were carried out on different species of mozzies to see how long they could survive without food or water, while experiments were also conducted to determine whether malaria could be hosted during development. How bizarre, really.
Via Popular Science