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Sep

25

September 25 , 2015 | Posted by theliceslayers |

Lice Reveal Clues to Human Evolution

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Clues to human evolution generally come from fossils left by ancestors and the molecular trail encoded in the human genome as it is tweaked over generations. However, some researchers are looking to another source: the bloodsucking louse. Lice have been closely associated with humans for millennia; in spite of human attempts to

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Sep

25

September 25 , 2015 | Posted by theliceslayers |

How do head lice maintain their fluid balance?

Head lice quickly become dehydrated. This is due to the fact that they have a different fluid balance to most other bloodsucking insects. Normally, many bloodsucking insects get rid of their surplus water via their urine or faeces – this is not the case for the head louse. It produces only dry faeces. By contractions

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Sep

8

September 8 , 2015 | Posted by theliceslayers |

SIUE professor studies outbreak of treatment-resistant head lice

Jessica Oranika Head lice have become an increased issue in recent years, especially among school-aged children. They are more resilient and harder to eradicate due to mutations, specifically, something called knockdown resistance (kdr). When the lice acquire this kdr, they become desensitized to certain insecticides. Biological sciences professor Kyong Yoon has been studying knockdown resistance

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Aug

28

August 28 , 2015 | Posted by theliceslayers |

Oldest Lice Combs in the Americas Discovered

Traces of lice and lice eggs, as much as 800 years old, have been uncovered by archaeologists working in northern Chile The earliest evidence for lice infesting humans is a 10,000-year-old specimen of a Brazilian mummy’s lice-ridden hair. Evidence was lacking, however, that prehistoric South Americans created and used combs to remove the pests. Now

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