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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...

On Lice: Two Parasites Are More Alike Than We Thought
2012-04-10 12:56:32

Genetic evidence suggests head lice and body lice may be the same species. This finding is of particular importance because body lice have been known to transmit deadly bacterial diseases, while head lice do not. This study can be found in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. The debate about whether these two forms of lice are the same species or not has had scientists disagreeing for years. The head louse (or Pediculus humanus capitis) is a common enemy in elementary schools and...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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