The Pediculus humanus USDA strain was sequenced to 8.5x shotgun coverage and assembled by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). The assembly presented here (PhumU2, 2014) consists of 1,900 supercontigs totalling 110 Mb with a scaffold N50 of 497 kb.

Pediculus humanus is also unusual in that it possesses 18 mitochondrial minichromosomes (sequences FJ499473-FJ499490) as detaled in the publication "The single mitochondrial chromosome typical of animals has evolved into 18 minichromosomes in the human body louse, Pediculus humanus" by Shao et al, Genome Research, 2008.

Genome Size (bp): 
Scaffold N50 (bp): 
497 057
Scaffold count: 
1 900
Release date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014


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.

Gene sets

21 Feb 2018
24 Oct 2017
21 Feb 2017
30 Apr 2014

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