Tumours Associated with a Virus Infection in an Insect

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REPORTS of tumours in insects are relatively rare. Paillot1 mentions proliferation in the fat cells of Euxoa segetum Schiff., following infection by virus diseases(pseudo-grasseries I and II). Tumours have beepr described in the fruit-fly, Drosophila melanoaetster Meigen, by Stark2'3'4 and Russell5 ; in larva of the Pygsera group of butterflies, by Federley6 ; ana in the stick insect, Dixippus morosus Br., by Pflugfelder7. They have been found in a large Orthopteran insect, Leucophcea maderœ F., by Scharrer8.


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    Balch, R. E., and Bird, F. T., Sci. Agric., 25, 2 (1944).

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BIRD, F. Tumours Associated with a Virus Infection in an Insect. Nature 163, 777–778 (1949) doi:10.1038/163777a0

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