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  • Something to grapple with: How wily lyme disease prowls the body

    Scientific American - 08/25/2016

    Very few other bacteria can bring on such a variety of symptoms or infect such hard-to-reach tissues, says Kim Lewis, a professor of microbiology and director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University. “Bacteria that cause syphilis, meningitis and leptospirosis are some examples, but they have one or two target organs,” says Lewis, who was not involved in the new study. “B. burgdorferi, however, seems to be able to sneak into all of these areas, and one of the biggest unsolved problems in Lyme disease is how it gets to all of those places.”

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