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UMass Amherst- Genome sequencing may lead to non-chemical control of body lice

Suffering from itchy bites and epidemic disease spread by the lowly body louse over thousands of years, humans may finally have found a tool for fighting back against this pest and discovering its knack for evading pesticides. Pesticide toxicologist John Clark, with colleagues at 28 institutions in the U.S., Europe, Australia and South Korea, this week report that they've sequenced the genome of the body louse, Pediculus humanus humanus L, the smallest insect genome known. More...

6/24/10