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Scientists Reveal Quirky Feature of Lyme Disease Bacteria


March 21, 2013

Mak Saito Scientists have confirmed that the pathogen that causes Lyme disease--unlike any other known organism--can exist without iron, a metal that all other life-forms need to make proteins and enzymes. Instead of iron, the bacteria substitute manganese to make an essential enzyme, thus eluding immune system defenses that protect the body by starving pathogens of iron. Full Story

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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