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  • Head and body lice appear to be the same species, genetic study finds

    The head louse, left, and body louse, right, differ in habits, habitat and in their ability to transmit disease, but a new genetic analysis indicates they are likely the same species.

    The head louse, left, and body louse, right, differ in habits, habitat and in their ability to transmit disease, but a new genetic analysis indicates they are likely the same species.

    Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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      The head louse, left, and body louse, right, differ in habits, habitat and in their ability to transmit disease, but a new genetic analysis indicates they are likely the same species.

      Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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      University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh, right, graduate student Brett Olds and their colleagues found very few genetic differences between head and body lice.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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