Volume 88, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Head and body lice are strict obligate human ectoparasites with three mitochondrial phylotypes (A, B, and C). Using molecular methods for genotyping lice (Cytochrome and multi-spacer typing), and comparing our results with all the sequences of human lice that were genotyped previously, we assessed the presence of a specific American genotype that most likely predates the Columbian era in head lice collected from Amazonia.


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  • Received : 18 Dec 2012
  • Accepted : 26 Feb 2013

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