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Meet the mites that have sex on your face and nipples while you sleep

The idea of eight-legged mites that have sex on your face and nipples while you sleep may sound like a concept from the latest horror blockbuster.

But the creatures are very much real and are becoming such simplified organisms that they may soon ‘become one with humans,’ according to a new study.

Demodex folliculorum mites are carried by almost every human on the face, eyelashes, and nipples, moving between follicles looking for a mate.

Researchers from the University of Reading have sequenced a mite’s genome for the first time, and found inbreeding is causing them to shed unnecessary genes and cells.

Worryingly, the team says that the mites are moving towards a transition from external parasites to ‘internal symbionts’ that live within us.

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