Geographic Distributions and Origins of Human Head Lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) Based on Mitochondrial Data

  title={Geographic Distributions and Origins of Human Head Lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) Based on Mitochondrial Data},
  author={Jessica E. Light and Julie M. Allen and Lauren M. Long and Tamar E. Carter and Lisa N. Barrow and Ganbold Suren and Didier Raoult and David L. Reed},
  booktitle={The Journal of parasitology},
Abstract Human head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are subdivided into 3 deeply divergent mitochondrial clades (Clades A, B, and C), each having unique geographical distributions. Determining the evolutionary history and geographic distribution of these mitochondrial clades can elucidate the evolutionary history of the lice as well as their human hosts. Previous data suggest that lice belonging to mitochondrial Clade B may have originated in North America or Asia; however, geographic sampling… 

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