Scientists Have Sequenced the Genome of the Tick that Transmits Lyme Disease

Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis)

An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. Ixodes scapularis, known as the blacklegged tick or the deer tick, is the first tick species to have its genome sequenced. The decade-long project, involving 93 authors […]

Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease Reported in 48.6% of U.S. Counties

By Hannah Foster Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease is spread to humans by two tick varieties: the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), which is responsible for most cases of Lyme disease in the United States, and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), the culprit for cases […]

A Tick that Feeds on Birds May Increase the Range of Lyme Disease

By Meredith Swett Walker If you have lived in the northeastern United States any time in the last 25 years or so, you have almost certainly heard of Lyme disease. You may have scrutinized odd-looking insect bites, wondering if they are developing the disease’s tell-tale “bulls-eye” rash. And you may have become skilled at distinguishing […]

TickSpotters Can Help You Identify Ticks and Learn How to Protect Yourself

By Hannah Foster Oh no! You’ve found a tick! Who ya gonna call? TICKSPOTTERS! Maybe ticks haven’t started popping up in your neighborhood yet, but they probably will soon. That’s why it’s important to have what I like to call an “Emergency Tick Protocol,” or ETP. Here’s an example of a typical ETP I used […]

Mice Aren’t Nice, They Help Transmit Lyme Disease

By Hannah Foster Upon hearing the words “Lyme disease,” most people think of two things: ticks and deer. Although these are certainly important aspects of the disease, ticks and deer are only two pieces of the puzzle. Lyme disease is actually extremely complicated, and its spread is affected by a wide range of organisms. Knowing […]