Researchers From AMNH and Cornell Get Closer to Destroying Bedbugs Forever

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The Bedbug
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From the study, a guide to the seven stages of the bedbug life cycle. The research indicates the critters are most susceptible to pesticides when they’re young.
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Researchers at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical Center are one step closer to killing of Bed Bugs, or at least one step closer to controlling them a little bit easier.

In an all-too-rare win for humanity, a team of researchers from the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medicine have sequenced the bedbug genome. It is the first step, they say, in finding the chinks in the armor of these little, sneaky bloodsuckers, and insecticide-ing them into eternity. […] By sequencing bedbugs’ genome, however, scientists were able to discover a few unusual bedbug properties—ones that could point toward new and, Lord willing, devastatingly effective killing strategies. The first is the radical change in gene expression that occurs just after a bedbug has had a blood meal, or chowed down on your naked and vulnerable skin.

Check out the full article to read all about the new-found vulnerability.

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