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


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

By Alec Gerry | February 29, 2016

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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 from 46 institutions, decodes the biology of an arachnid with sophisticated spit, barbed mouthparts, and millions of years of successful parasitism. The genome of Ixodes scapularis also sheds light on how ticks acquire and transmit pathogens and offers tick-specific targets for control.

Read more:  Tick Genome

 

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