black-legged deer tick waits on leaf for host to feed on
A Lab-Stage mRNA Vaccine Targeting Ticks May Offer Protection Against Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases
NIH researcher Andaleeb Sajid discusses her study’s finding that ticks were unable to feed on vaccinated guinea pigs, preventing transmission of the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.
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A Lab-Stage mRNA Vaccine Targeting Ticks May Offer Protection Against Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases
A Lab-Stage mRNA Vaccine Targeting Ticks May Offer Protection Against Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

NIH researcher Andaleeb Sajid discusses her study’s finding that ticks were unable to feed on vaccinated guinea pigs, preventing transmission of the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.

NIH researcher Andaleeb Sajid discusses her study’s finding that ticks were unable to feed on vaccinated guinea pigs, preventing transmission of the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.

ABOVE: © ISTOCK.COM, LADISLAV KUBEŠ

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A brown tick is shown from above as it climbs a green blade of grass
Bacterial Symbionts Tell Ticks When to Eat
Abby Olena | Oct 1, 2021
The endosymbiont Coxiella affects tick serotonin production and subsequent blood-feeding behavior, a study finds.
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Lyme Disease Pathogen Present in Ticks Near the Coast
Kerry Grens | Apr 26, 2021
In Northern California, the proportion of ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi was the same in shrubland along beaches as in woodland habitats.
Invasive Tick Species Spreads in Eastern US
Shawna Williams | Aug 7, 2018
The Asian longhorned tick, first found in the country last year, is now present in several states.
Diseases From Ticks and Mosquitoes Have Tripled
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2018
Warmer weather is thought to be behind the rise in vector-borne illnesses in recent years.
Image of the Day: Glowing Tick
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 27, 2018
This lone star tick’s bite can cause an allergy to red meat.
Image of the Day: 99-Million-Year-Old Blood Sucker
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 13, 2017
Scientists have found the oldest known specimen of a blood-sucking insect together with the remains of its host. 
Image of the Day: Bygone Blood Cells
The Scientist Staff | Apr 10, 2017
These fossilized red blood cells (right), found in an ancient, blood-engorged Amblyomma tick (left), likely belonged to primates.
Genome Digest
Catherine Offord | Feb 22, 2016
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Trouble in the Heartland
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2013
A new tick-borne disease has emerged in the US Midwest—and the culprit is not a bacterium.