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Scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have determined the complete genetic blueprints for 13 different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
You don't have to go out into the woods anymore.
The researcher whose revelations about unethical U.S. studies on syphilis in Guatemala in the 1940's led to apologies from the Obama administration last week has written a commentary for Bioethics Forum, the Hastings Center's online publication.
JACKSON, N.J., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Lyme disease is a growing threat in the U.S., with numbers that continue to rise despite increased awareness about the disease.
Lyme disease is no laughing matter.
The existence of chronic Lyme disease is an issue of sharp debate within the medical community.
FREDERICK, Md., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Lyme disease is not only a potentially serious disease, but one that often is missed by physicians, which makes prevention more important. The only way to get Lyme disease is from the bite of an infected deer tick.
Research on the population of black-legged ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease from host animals to humans, reinforces that it is important to take preventative measures when spending time outdoors.
A multi-institutional team reports that it has sequenced the body louse genome, an achievement that will yield new insights into louse â€“ and human â€“ biology and evolution.
In a clinical trial involving HIV-negative volunteers with early-stage syphilis, researchers have found that antibiotic pills (azithromycin) are as effective as penicillin injections in curing early-stage syphilis.
The White-footed Mouse, (Peromyscus leucopus), is a species of rodent native to North America. Its range extends from Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and the Maritime Provinces (excluding Newfoundland) south to the southwestern United States and Mexico. In Texas this creature is known as the Woodmouse. The adult of this species measures 3.5 to 3.9 inches in length, not counting the tail, which can measure an additional 2.5 to 3.8 inches. It weighs typically about an ounce. It has a maximum life...
Treponema pallidum is a species of spirochaete bacterium with subspecies that cause treponemal diseases such as syphilis, bejel, pinta and yaws. Since the organism has a waxy coat around it won't accept the gram stain. The Dieterle stain is used to detect the bacterium. It is detected by serology, including nontreponemal, Rapid plasma regain, and treponemal antibody tests. It is a motile spirochaete that is generally acquired by close sexual contact. It can also be transmitted to a...