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Genetics

22 June 2010

Genome for Human Body Lice Unlocked

Understanding the parasite could lead to better control measures, scientists say

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The multi-center team of researchers found that the body louse, which is closely related to the head louse, has the smallest known genome of any insect. This likely reflects its somewhat protected habitat and predictable diet, said University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh.

 

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