Friday, February 10, 2012

A closer look at lizards and lyme disease

There isn't much research on this that I could find that were in depth enough, other than the initial research at Berkeley, which still doesn't have as much info as I would like.

Apparently, the lizards have a certain protein, most likely a heat sensitive one, that binds to the gut of the tick while it's feeding on the lizard. These proteins seem to destroy the spirochetes within the gut that cause Lyme disease, purifying the tick.

http://berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/1998/0429/lizard.html
http://arthritis.about.com/od/lyme/a/lizardslyme.htm


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