Specific antibodies: a potential insecticide

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Science  29 Aug 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4460, pp. 1028-1029
DOI: 10.1126/science.7403865


When tsetse flies are fed on human blood, the hemolymph of the flies contains human albumin. If the flies then ingest antibodies to human albumin, they die within a short time. The albumin fraction in their hemolymph disappears and osmoregulation is severely disturbed.