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The Answer to Controlling Lice May Be in their Genes

Aside from the bedbug, one other blood-sucking creature has gotten a bad rap throughout history and is typically on the “least wanted” pest list: the louse. Common in schools and other communal living areas, lice seem to create trauma for the person they infest. Typically we associate lice with homeless people or anyone who lacks good hygiene, so when the eight-year-old daughter of a tenured faculty member gets lice, the infestation becomes an embarrassment to be eradicated as quickly as possible. The good news is that new research on lice genes may lead to some new control options.

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