Well, I’ll be.
Bed bugs may actually contribute something positive to science.
(And then I hope they all drop dead!)
A unique organ that could help in the battle against malaria has been discovered on female bedbugs who suffer serious problems from the amorous attentions of the opposite sex.
The organ offers the females a degree of immunity from infections introduced by violent males.
Immune organs are found nowhere else in the animal kingdom and their discovery should eventually help scientists to develop new techniques to prevent mosquitoes passing malaria and other fatal diseases to people.
Professor Mike Siva-Jothy, of the University of Sheffield, was behind the discovery of the organ, which he said formed a reservoir of white blood cells acting as a first line of defence against sexually transmitted infections.
You can read the rest of the article for details on the violent and disturbing sex lives of bed bugs. We’ve heard it all before.