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TOUCHED BY LYME: The promise of a targeted drug for Lyme disease

0 3 years ago

Well-known Lyme researcher Dr. Kim Lewis of Northeastern University has identified an antibiotic that appears to selectively kill Lyme spirochetes while leaving gut microbes alone.

This is highly significant because there hasn’t been a drug developed specifically to treat Lyme disease in…well, forever.

Let’s walk through what we know about this promising discovery—and what we still need to find out.

Antibiotics from soil

Did you know that most antibiotics are produced in nature by bacteria and fungi in the soil?

Professor Lewis and his research team recently screened soil samples looking for compounds that could be used specifically against Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen that causes Lyme disease, but that would not kill a broad array of other important bacteria.

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