Block Island Times

Lyme research targeting mice and birds

Researchers from Columbia University have been catching mice and birds on Block Island to inform a research study focused on the impact of ecology on Lyme disease. The researchers have taken blood samples from the animals to study the strains of the bacteria.
The hope, as it has been for many years with other research studies regarding the debilitating disease, is to gather information, gain insight, and find a way to combat Lyme’s impact on the human body.
Matthew Combs, PhD, a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, said, “If we find the

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