A New Approach to Lyme Disease

A New Approach to Lyme Disease
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Here's a new paper with what might be an interesting approach to Lyme disease (and here's Nature on this story). As it stands, Lyme is treated with a pretty stiff course of some pretty broad-spectrum antibiotics which naturally go on to disrupt a patient's own gut microbiome. Antibiotics like that are extremely useful when you're not sure what's causing an infection, but for Lyme we know the culprit for sure: it's the spirochete Borreliella burgdorferi (and perhaps some other very closely related species - fine species distinctions among bacteria are sometimes rather difficult to make).

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