Northeastern professor’s discovery promises to advance Lyme disease treatment
Boston Magazine - 06/11/2015
But a new discovery by Northeastern University biology professor Kim Lewis may shed some light on the often-confusing illness. Lewis and his team of researchers found that Lyme disease creates something called dormant persister cells, which are resistant to antibiotics. The presence of these cells at least partially explains why patients can be so slow to respond to traditional antibiotic treatment, a major problem associated with Lyme disease.
“The pathogen itself is not resistant to antibiotics,” Lewis says. “The question is then, well, if it’s not diagnosed immediately, why does it take a month or two months to treat the disease rather than a couple of days?”