activity by biology students Anna Manges, Nate Peters, and Emily Welch
is featured in an extensive article by PennLive about the current state
affairs of tick and tick-borne disease research in Pennsylvania.
article published at PennLive.com is titled “Ticks and Lyme disease:
The problem no one’s really doing anything about.”
and a photographer from PennLive (Harrisburg) visited the IUP campus to
learn more about research being conducted in biology professor Tom
Simmons’ Disease and Vector Ecology Laboratory. They spent the day in
the field and laboratory observing and documenting work by Simmons’
The article highlights the “grassroots” efforts by
Simmons’ lab in collaboration with his colleagues at the Department of
Environmental Protection Vector Management Laboratory and the Muhlenberg
College Biology Department to characterize and monitor blacklegged tick
populations, and the infection prevalence of Lyme and other disease
pathogens in these ticks.
The article stresses the need for more
research support to address the tick-borne disease problem in Pennsylvania.
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