Researchers sequence bedbug genome

Multiple mechanisms for resisting pesticides and mitigating the effects of rough sexual insemination practices are just a few of the key findings from the completed genetic blueprint of the bedbug. The bedbug genome sequencing project, co-led by NC State CALS’ Coby Schal, has reported some of the unique features leading to some of the insect’s most reviled characteristics.

The findings, published in Nature Communications, will lead to further study of some of these attributes to learn more about how to disarm the ubiquitous parasitic pest, Schal says. Read more in NC State’s news release.