Why Is An Obscure Study About Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria So Popular Online?

“Who knew there would be so much interest in a biomechanics paper??!!” Those are the words–and the multiple exclamation points–of Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that studies primarily Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Moriarty is the principal investigator of a new academic paper from the University of Toronto that details the mechanism by which Bb “crawl” through the body. Scientific American is among the many mainstream outlets that discussed the findings, which may represent a major step in making the ever-gray world of Lyme disease science more black and white. Understanding the movement…
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