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 (PhumU1, 2007) consists of 1,882 supercontigs totalling 110 Mb with a supercontig N50 of 488 kb.

Genome Size (bp): 
Scaffold N50 (bp): 
17 426 468
Scaffold count: 
1 882
Release date: 
Monday, January 1, 2007


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

25 Feb 2014
1 Jul 2009