Virus-Like Particles in Normal and Tumorous Tissues of Drosophila

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Science  18 Aug 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3790, pp. 810-813
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3790.810


A new virus-like particle has been found in Drosophila. Thus far it has been detected only in electron micrographs of certain cells capable of division, such as those in larval imaginal disks, cell lines derived from imaginal disks, cells from a genetically controlled brain tumor, and adult gut cells. It appears to be slightly elliptical in shape, about 37 millimicrons by 45 millimicrons, and occurs in both the nucleus and cytoplasm. From the evidence it is suggested that the particle is a new virus.