Let the bedbugs bite

By Susan Milius, 14:57 PM August 23, 2013

Harold Harlan has been feeding bedbugs, intentionally, on his own blood since 1973. He keeps pint or quart jars in his home containing at least 4,000 bugs. And now Harlan’s self-sacrifice is helping other researchers studying the recent resurgence of bedbugs in the United States and other parts of the world.

For most of the first 25 years of this enterprise, Harlan (below) worked as a commissioned U.S. Army entomologist, and bedbugs were a pet project. Then the bugs made a comeback, and other ...

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