"When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your face off," Tony Goldberg, professor of pathological science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, recently told Science Daily. He's speaking from personal experience: Goldberg found a tick in his nose three days after returning to the U.S. from Africa, and fortunately, his "sense of being grossed out was balanced by [his] scientific curiosity."
We say "fortunately," because after Goldberg removed the tick, he sent it to have its DNA sequenced and compared at the U.S. National Tick Collection at Georgia Southern University. (Apparently there is such a thing, and it's the largest tick collection in the world. So ... go America?) No match was found, which means, "Either it's a species of tick that is known but has never been sequenced, or it's a new species of tick," Goldberg said. Which is exciting for science, even though this really takes the cake for Worst Way to Discover a New Species of Bloodsucking Insect. [Source]
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