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The skinny: Battle against lice may be aided by genome study

genome study

to these little suckers we now say: gotcha

Sometimes scientific research can be a lousy job. Literally. In their quest to understand how life works, researchers reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have sequenced the genome of the human body louse. That's right, those annoying little suckers that live on human blood and place their eggs in clothing. From a practical standpoint, the findings could lead to better ways to eliminate this parasite, which can carry diseases to people, according to the researchers led by Ewen F. Kirkness of the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md., and Barry R. Pittendrigh of the University of Illinois at Urbana. It turns out that the human body louse relies for its digestion on a specific type of bacteria, which is not resistant to antibiotics. So finding a way to get drugs to the bacteria might kill the lice too. Knowing more about lice may also lead to new types of repellent.

hollerin' contest

Winner deserves a shout-out

A North Carolina man who won the National Hollerin' Contest says he almost disqualified himself by going over the four-minute time limit. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Tony Peacock of Siler City won the 42nd annual contest in Spivey's Corner in central North Carolina. His hollerin' rendition of the popular Gershwin tune Summertime got him the title. Peacock says he had to cut short his last holler because he had only two seconds left. The winner of the contest gets bragging rights and opportunities to perform at events and on television. Participants competed in several categories: men's national hollerin' contest, ladies callin', conch shell blowin', whistlin' and junior and teen hollerin'.

state of mine

A Garden State website blossoms

Tired of boorish comments and jokes about New Jersey, residents and business people have created a website to express their Garden State pride. JerseyDoesnt Stink.com is designed to rally those who are tired of the putdowns about pollution, wisecracks about wise guys and cheap shots about corruption. With companion Facebook and Twitter pages, state residents can sound off online in defense of their home state.

tale of woe

A Goldilocks ending it was not

A blond, pony-tailed burglar ate some food, drank some alcohol, tried on clothes and then found the bed in a New Zealand home just right. But upon finding a modern-day Goldilocks asleep in his bed, the homeowner in the southern city of Christchurch exercised an option the Three Bears didn't: He called police. In court Monday, 39-year-old Vanessa Joy Long pleaded guilty and said she blacked out and doesn't remember what happened June 5. The damage was estimated at $1,064.

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The skinny: Battle against lice may be aided by genome study 06/21/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:17pm]
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