Pathogen Images

Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease agents)

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This photo shows the contents of a BSK culture from the midgut of a tick. Present are the Lyme disease agent (Borrelia burgdorferi) and other unknown bacteria. The Rich lab is interested in understanding how bacterial communities in tick midguts facilitates functions such as digestion of host blood meals.