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Transcriptomics of the Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius)

  • Xiaodong Bai equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Xiaodong Bai, Praveen Mamidala

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology, Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Praveen Mamidala equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Xiaodong Bai, Praveen Mamidala

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology, Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Swapna P. Rajarapu,

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology, Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Susan C. Jones,

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Omprakash Mittapalli mail

    mittapalli.1@osu.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology, Ohio Agricultural and Research Development Center, The Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Published: January 19, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016336

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Bedbugs, smallpox revisited

Posted by LovingTruth on 23 Jan 2011 at 17:04 GMT

Bedbugs are not known to trasmit human diseases.... the article says.
Can we know that this is true?
Interestingly dr. A.R. Campbell discovered in 1900
1. that smallpox was not transmitted via human-to-human, but that bedbugs are the carrier (vector) of variola: smallpox. In other words, smallpox is a disease in connection with hygiene.
that smallpox would become epidemic after a bad harvest, when people did not have enough vitamin C in their diet.
that experimenting with administering vitamin C to smallpox victims this would alleviate the victim’s symptoms, decreasing the number as well as the severity of the pox (and pox marks).
I find it very intruiging that after years of relative absence bedbugs now are back with a vengeance, and that simultaneously the American governement has ordered many millions of doses of a new genetically manipulated smallpox vaccine...
And last but not least, a simple checking of the historical facts on the person of Edward Jenner and on ‘his’ copwpox vaccinations ‘protecting’ against smallpox shows:
that Jenner was a paleontologist, not a physician; he bought his medical licence from a Scottisch university;
that cowpox (variolae vaccinae) is a bacterial entity more connected with syphilis (great pox) than with smallpox (variola major/minor/vera);
that after England in 1853 mandated cowpox vaccination, several very serious smallpox epidemics broke out, killing many people;
that after the start of widespread copwpox vaccinations started, cancer soon followed.

I think it pays to look at reality in a broader context!
AR Campbell, My Observations on Bedbugs, http://www.whale.to/a/cam... ;
Walter R. Hadwen, smallpox epidemics between 1857 and 1873, http://www.whale.to/v/had... ;
First Smallpox Vaccine for Special Populations Delivered Under Project BioShield, http://www.hhs.gov/news/p...

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RE: Bedbugs, smallpox revisited

praveenmamidala replied to LovingTruth on 28 Jan 2011 at 23:04 GMT

It is clearly mentioned in the article that “the risk of transmission of human disease by C. lectularius is still not clear”.

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