Bed Bug Genome Project

This 2006 photograph depicted a lateral view of an adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius, as it was in the process of ingesting a blood meal from the arm of a “voluntary” human host.
Image sources: CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

About the Project

The Cimex lectularius genome sequence and its analysis has been published in Nature Communications, "Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome."

We at the BCM-HGSC would like to thank the many members of the Cimex community whose hard work has made this a successful project.

Contact: Suba Subba or Coby Schal

Researchers involved:
Size (or size of nearest relative): 866 MBp

Keywords (and why important): Novel chemistry, evolutionary branching.

Genomic Resources


For the most current version of the assembly, please use 'NCBI BioProject' (find link below). If the assembly is unavailable in the BioProject page (it is still being worked on), you can look under the 'BCM-HGSC data' (find link below) for intermediate versions of the assembly.


Web Apollo: A web-based sequence annotation editor for community annotation

For information about Web Apollo, please contact Monica Poelchau.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the bed bug