When scientists and physicians assume parasitic mites cannot infest people, the result is little or no research that would lead them to understand otherwise. One way to end this Catch-22 is through biohacking parasitic mites, which is to say, becoming our own diagnosticians.
Formal research conducted on scavenger face mites such as Demodex folliculorum has shown that detection of mite DNA using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a much better diagnostic tool than traditional, mostly futile efforts to capture mites themselves.
Yet to my knowledge, no formal scientific studies are being conducted to capture parasitic mite DNA on infested humans.
The Citizen Science movement (also known as Biohacking) exists in part to address gaps in research that would benefit particular patient groups. The more that persons with mites can take charge of their own diagnosis, the sooner they will have evidence to illustrate that parasitic mite infestation is a problem that requires further research and medical support.
Below is a link to purchase open source PCR equipment.
Making the most of this opportunity will require open source sequences for DNA of various mite species. More to come on this topic. Stay tuned.
And in the meantime, let’s encourage entomologists and other scientists to conduct formal investigations as well.