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Eight-legged Aliens Are Crawling Around Your Face Right Now -and Your Mum Gave Them To You

http://allspecies.wikia.com Hard to face: Thousands of demodex folliculorum are crawling around your face right now Scientists from Calif...


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Hard to face: Thousands of demodex folliculorum are crawling around your face right now
Scientists from California found the little-known Demodex Folliculorum mites have been discovered on 100 per cent of human faces.
The face mites live in ears, eyebrows, eyelashes, on nipple and pubic hairs.
For most people the mites are completely harmless, but for some it can cause skin and eye irritations, such as rosacea and blepharitis – something which is prompting the researchers to look at the mites in further detail.
More weirdly, these invisible-to-the-naked-eye mites even have the power to tell us about past generations, say the research team.
Four distinct lineages of the face mites correspond to different regions around the world.
African face mites, differ from Asian ones, as do Europeans and Latin American mites.
Even if your family is a product of migration and moved to a different continent, your ancestors past down their ‘brand’ of face mite to their children, who then passed it down to theirs, and so forth.
The scientists even found that African Americans who had been living in the US for generations STILL had African face mites. Proving that, even if you move to a faraway region, the mites stick with you.
Scientists at Bowdoin and the California Academy of Sciences discovered you can reveal the natural history of these mite species, using a microscope to zoom in on genetic material.
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The Demodex Folliculorum is from the same family as the common dust mite
The team looked at 70 human hosts from around the world. For some participants, intact mites were collected by drawing the curved end of a hair pin across the forehead.
Dr. Michelle Trautwein, Academy curator of entomology and senior author of the new findings said: “It's shocking that we're only just discovering how deeply our histories are shared with the mites on our bodies.
“They aren't just bugs on our faces, they are storytellers.
“Mites tell us about our own ancient history – it’s a complex story, and we've only just scratched the surface.”
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The mites are harmless to most, although can cause skin problems with some
The study author added: “Another exciting mite revelation from our work is that mites aren't shared easily.
“Mites are not casually transferred to passersby on the street.
“We seem to share mites primarily with our family, so it likely takes very close physical contact to transmit mite.”
Megan Thoemmes, a graduate student at North Carolina State University, told NPR: “They're actually pretty cute.
“It's like having friends with you all the time.”
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A 'Demodex Folliculorum' face mite has been discovered

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