Lyme Disease Grant For Better Diagnosis

Atom Sciences in Oak Ridge has received a $73,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a process for identifying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and related illnesses.

Atom Sciences in Oak Ridge has received a $73,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a process for identifying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease and related illnesses.

The Oak Ridge company will develop a test to detect the bacteria known to cause Lyme disease and

others, such as those found in Lone Star ticks. Although the connection isn’t proven, these bacteria in Lone Star ticks are often associated with a condition similar to Lyme disease called Southern tick-associated rash illnesses.

The project will also include studies of another Borrelia bacterium that was found in ticks from nine of 10 deer in a 2006 assessment of tick-borne pathogens in Oak Ridge. This new technique will be used to better understand diseases that have Lyme disease-like symptoms.

Atom Sciences specializes in custom instrumentation and biotechnology products.

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