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Wednesday, February 3

American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine : Researchers Sequence First Bedbug Genome

NEW: Researchers Sequence First Bedbug Genome
Scientists have assembled the first complete genome of one of humanity’s oldest and least-loved companions: the bedbug. The new work, led by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine, and published today in Nature Communications, could help combat the unwelcome parasites by providing clues on how to overcome their resistance to pesticides. The data also provide a rich genetic resource for mapping bedbug activity in human hosts and in cities, including subways.
“Bedbugs are one of New York City’s most iconic living fossils, along with cockroaches, meaning that their outward appearance has hardly changed throughout their long lineage,” said George Amato, director of the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics and one of the paper’s corresponding authors. “But despite their static look, we know that they continue to evolve, mostly in ways that make it harder for humans to dissociate with them. This work gives us the genetic basis to explore the bedbug’s basic biology and its adaptation to dense human environments.”
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