ENCORE: You are not alone. You can’t see ‘em,
but your face is a festival of face mites. They’ve evolved with us
for millennia. And a new study finds that hundreds of different tiny
spiders, beetles, and – our favorite - book lice make your home theirs.
But before you go bonkers with the disinfectant, consider: eradicating these
critters may do more harm than good. Some are such close evolutionary
partners with humans that they keep us healthy and can even reveal something
about our ancestry.
But then there are bed bugs.
Pests without redemption. However, their newly-sequenced genome may help
us end their nightly nuisances. And of course some microscopic critters
are deadly. So when it comes to bugs: when do we accommodate and when do
Guests: Michelle Trautwein – Curator of entomology, California Academy of Sciences Matt Bertone – Entomologist, North Carolina
State University Joshua Benoit -- Insect molecular biologist, University of
Cincinnati Thomas McDade – Biological anthropologist, Northwestern University
This encore podcast was first released on 2/15/2016