The tiny mites that have sex on our faces have a problem

"At night, the 0.3mm long organisms leave the pores to find a new skin follicle, meet a partner and mate.

But a new study has found the mites could be facing a problem as their DNA is eroding, meaning they are close to extinction."

From the Good News / Bad News dept


Human Follicular Mites: Ectoparasites Becoming Symbionts

"We propose that Demodex folliculorum (Acari) represents a transitional stage from a host-injuring obligate parasite to an obligate symbiont."

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