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Team Seeks Source Of Body Louse Pathology
2014-01-11 08:29:23

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A new study seeks to determine how one parasitic species can give rise to two drastically different outcomes in its host: The human body louse (Pediculus humanus) can transmit dangerous bacterial infections to humans, while the human head louse (also Pediculus humanus) does not. A report of the new study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. "Body louse-transmitted diseases include trench fever, relapsing fever and epidemic...

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2009-03-31 09:05:24

Parents and school nurses take note. Lice are a familiar nuisance around the world and vectors of serious diseases, such as epidemic typhus, in developing regions. New research indicates that lice may actually be quite unique in the animal world. In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists have analyzed the mitochondrial genome of the human body louse and discovered that it is fragmented into many pieces "“ a remarkable finding in animals that will surely spark discussion...

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2008-02-07 14:45:00

Lice from 1,000-year-old mummies in Peru may unravel important clues about a different sort of passage: the migration patterns of America's earliest humans, a new University of Florida study suggests."It's kind of quirky that a parasite we love to hate can actually inform us how we traveled around the globe," said David Reed, an assistant curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus and one of the study's authors.DNA sequencing found the strain of lice to be...


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