The human body louse DNA (Pediculus humanus humanus strain) was provided by Dr. John Clark of the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Clark's colony originated from the colony maintained in Dr. Kosta Mumcuoglu’s laboratory (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel). Dr. Mumcuoglu’s louse colony was established from the strain maintained at the USDA laboratory (Gainesville, FL). The colony has been maintained at the University of Massachusetts on rabbits for 8 years. According to the initial report by Culpepper (1944), he first colonized the body lice in 1942 at the laboratory of the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine (Orlando, FL). In 1945, Culpepper successfully reared his body lice on rabbits. Although it is not clear if the louse strain maintained at the USDA Gainesville laboratory was from Culpepper’s strain, the rearing methods are identical.

Pediculus humanus

The body louse, Pediculus humanus humanus, transmits of typhus, trench fever and relapsing fever.

Genome assemblies and gene sets