Big Picture Science – With All Our Mites

by Gary Niederhoff on February 14, 2016

Big Picture Science – With All Our Mites
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You are not alone. You can’t see ‘em, but your face is a festival of face mites. They’ve evolved with us for millennia. And a new study finds that hundreds of different tiny spiders, beetles, and – our favorite – book lice make your home theirs. But before you go bonkers with the disinfectant, consider: eradicating these critters may do more harm than good. Some are such close evolutionary partners with humans that they keep us healthy and can even reveal something about our ancestry.

But then there are bed bugs. Pests without redemption. However, their newly-sequenced genome may help us end their nightly nuisances. And of course some microscopic critters are deadly. So when it comes to bugs: when do we accommodate and when do we attack?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Michelle Trautwein / Face Mites
Part 2: Matt Bertone / Domestic Minifauna
Part 3: Joshua Benoit / Bed Bugs
Part 4: Thomas McDade / Our Microbe Guardians

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avatar andrew February 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm

So, which mites did you guys have?

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