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Lousy. Cooties. Nit-picking. Our very language reflects revulsion at the idea of creatures living, crawling, breeding on our scalps. Yet scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health counsel against jumping to conclusions. “A few lice on the head should not cause alarm,” says Richard Pollack. And, contrary to popular belief, these “equal-opportunity parasites” are not evidence of poor hygiene. So why do we worry about them? How can we respond sanely? Read our question-and-answer essay, then share your thoughts in our forum.

You can also read the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC story, “Body Beasts.”

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